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Keystone XL

Canada’s Harper isn’t ‘hopeful’ Obama will approve Keystone

Theophilos Argitis and Greg Quinn | Bloomberg Business - July 30th 2015

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.”

Oil by rail

Santa Barbara says no to oil train


Nick Welsh | Santa Barbara Independent - July 30th 2015

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.

Land & Species Impacts, Spills and Leaks

Oilsands pipeline projects look doomed after Nexen oil spill leaves two football fields of black goo


Rebecca Penty and Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News - July 28th 2015

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.

Keystone XL

Keystone XL backer Hoeven says Obama will reject pipeline


Jim Snyder and Rebecca Penty | Bloomberg Business - July 28th 2015

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."

Climate Impacts

With Canada’s safe carbon budget too small for tar sands, hunt for solutions goes global


Barry Saxifrage | National Observer - July 28th 2015

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.

Creating a Low Carbon Future

Hillary Clinton’s plan to combat climate change with half-a-billion solar panels

Emily Atkin | Climate Progress - July 28th 2015

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.

Spills and Leaks



July 28th 2015

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.