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Tar Sands/Oil Sands

The oil industry is hoping to shift the geopolitical center of global oil production to Canada’s boreal forests, home of vast deposits of oil sands, also called tar sands. Environmentalists and First Nations contend it’s a dirty, carbon- and water-intensive business, while proponents of development tout energy security benefits. We’re covering the battle here.

League of Conservations Voters' scorecard underlines partisan divide that defines Capitol Hill on climate change and energy.
Thirty-seven Republican senators voted against protecting the environment 19 different times—every...
02/05/2015 | Read More
For a step so critical to the Keystone pipeline's outcome, the determination of national interest is profoundly opaque.
Six years, two environmental reviews, one presidential delay, two Nebraska trials and innumerable...
01/30/2015 | Read More
Nebraska Supreme Court approves pipeline route––which now takes a detour through Washington­­––on its way from Canada to Texas.
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Keystone XL pipeline's route through the state—...
01/09/2015 | Read More
New pipelines, power plants and export facilities would lock in carbon emissions for another generation and continue the dominance of fossil fuels.
As almost 200 countries try to work out an agreement in 2015 to slash carbon emissions, the U.S....
01/08/2015 | Read More
As the new Congress prepares legislation to approve the pipeline and force Obama's hand, we are reissuing Keystone and Beyond and making it free.
Editor's note: Keystone and Beyond: Tar Sands and the National Interest in the Era of Climate...
01/05/2015 | Read More
TransCanada's pipeline to the Atlantic coast is its best, and maybe only, hope for bringing landlocked tar sands oil to world markets.
After TransCanada proposed its Energy East tar sands pipeline, the energy giant tapped the world's...
11/19/2014 | Read More
An ICN reader on the nation's biggest energy and climate fight.
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is back in full force. The U.S. House tried for the ninth time...
11/18/2014 | Read More
Reversing oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they're carrying can have a 'significant impact' on the line's safety and integrity.
Reversing oil and natural gas pipelines or switching the product they're carrying can have a "...
11/17/2014 | Read More
Research group says 90 percent of Canadian tar sands investments need oil prices above $95 a barrel to make economic sense.
As oil prices sagged again on Monday to a four-year low, the Carbon Tracker Initiative said the...
11/05/2014 | Read More
Unprecedented secrecy in a class action suit that is seeking to determine if oil giant was negligent in upkeep of burst pipeline.
Oil giant ExxonMobil is seeking "unprecedented secrecy" by labeling nearly 900,000 pages of...
10/31/2014 | Read More

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