Press Clipping: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said U.S. delays in approving the Keystone XL pipeline are “not a hopeful sign” and reflect the “peculiar politics” of the Obama administration. “A positive decision has not been rendered for a very long time, that’s obviously not a hopeful sign,” Harper said in an interview Wednesday at his Ottawa office, adding he discussed the matter recently with the U.S. president. “I think there’s very peculiar politics of this particular administration.”
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Press Clipping: The Santa Barbara City Council voted 5-2 to write a letter urging that San Luis Obispo reject an application by Phillips 66 to expand the railroad spur at its Nipomo refinery, thus creating the space necessary for a 1.4-mile-long train — carrying up to 80 cars of oil — to use the facility as a destination. Mayor Helene Schneider and Councilmember Gregg Hart put the item before the council, arguing the risk posed by the five oil trains expected per week was unacceptable.
Press Clipping: It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get oilsands pipeline projects off the ground, and Alberta’s worst spill since 1980 will probably make it tougher. A rupture in a line operated by Nexen, a unit of China’s Cnooc Ltd., spewed 31,500 barrels of bitumen, waste water and sand into the bog-like muskeg of the province’s north this month, igniting outrage from communities along pipeline routes.
Press Clipping: A leading congressional supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline predicted President Barack Obama will reject the $8 billion project when Congress is out of town in August. Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, cited “sources” Tuesday as he discussed the pipeline in a Senate floor speech without identifying where he got his information. “What I’m hearing from multiple sources is that he is going to turn down Keystone when we’re out in August."
Press Clipping: The Alberta tar sands contain a gargantuan 170 billion barrels of oil that are economically viable to extract using today's technology. Unfortunately, the climate pollution from extracting it all using current technology would exceed any safe and sane carbon budget for Canada. If we Canadians live up to our fundamental climate obligations and promises, there will only be enough national carbon budget to extract a tiny percentage of tar sands reserves.
Press Clipping: The first six months of 2015 were one-sixth of a degree warmer than the old record, set in 2010, averaging 14.35 C. “There is almost no way that 2015 isn’t going to be the warmest on record,” said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for NOAA.
Press Clipping: Hillary Clinton is going all in on renewable energy. On Sunday evening, the Democratic presidential candidate released a fact sheet detailing her plan to fight climate change, and it focuses heavily on promoting clean energy generation across the country. Among other things, the plan includes a promise to install half a billion solar panels by 2021, or the end of Clinton’s first term. That would represent a 700 percent increase from current installations.
Press Clipping: On Sunday, July 25, 2010, an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured and spilled more than one million gallons of toxic tar sands into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. It was the largest oil spill ever on U.S. soil. Five years and $1.2 billion later, the river is still polluted, and the community is still suffering the impacts of the spill. On the five year anniversary, hundreds of community members and activists from all over the region gathered to commemorate the Kalamazoo River tar sands disaster and organize to stop history from repeating itself in other communities.