Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, Naomi Klein on why #BlackLivesMatter should transform the climate debate, a new study could put the brakes on tar sands development, Harper has no one to blame but himself for the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, and much, much more.
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Blog Post: Now that Congress has voted to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, attention will focus on President Obama. Once the president has issued his veto, there is sufficient opposition in both the House and the Senate to sustain it. This will not be the Administration's final decision on the pipeline, and given Keystone XL's role in expanding carbon intensive tar sands extraction, the pipeline does not pass the President's climate test and should be rejected.
Blog Post: In the 21st century, an energy strategy narrowly focused on exploiting and exporting fossil fuels is short-sighted, if not downright irresponsible — both environmentally and economically. At its heart, a modern and durable energy strategy must cut carbon pollution and promote clean energy. It must facilitate the delivery of clean energy to Canadians, spur innovation, and capitalize upon the opportunity to provide clean energy technology and services to a global economy that is clamouring for solutions.
Blog Post: The movie “Selma" was released earlier this month to widespread critical acclaim. While the film is beautifully made and relatively true to the history it is based on, there’s another achievement that most people overlook in the film. Telling the story of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery, the storyline of Selma is steeped in lessons in organizing and movement strategy, including some big ones for people across Canada planning to stop tar sands pipelines and restore some level of climate sanity in our government.
Blog Post: This afternoon, the Senate voted to support a foreign oil corporation at the expense of American interests by passing legislation that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Environmental and landowner groups reacted to the passage of this legislation, which President Obama has already committed to veto, by urging him to finally close the book on this toxic project and reject the permit for the pipeline once and for all.
Blog Post: The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Obama Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the national interest. No doubt Senator John Hoeven (ND) will again be waiving around the flawed and outdated findings of State Department environmental review. In just a few days, federal agencies will comment on that very environmental review and whether its conclusion that the Canadian tar sands was likely to be developed with or without Keystone XL is still accurate. It's not.
Blog Post: Government action addressing climate change is evolving quickly at the provincial level but that does not absolve the federal government of its responsibility to set a level playing field and spur action. It would have been great had the federal government implemented a pan-Canadian climate change plan eight years ago — when it promised to. Or better yet 13 years ago, when the Canadian government ratified the Kyoto Protocol. But it’s not too late for the federal government to act, especially given the big advantages to doing so: fairness and effectiveness.