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It's not easy to transform the world. Powerful industries are working hard to maintain our reliance on oil, destroy progress on climate change and stall the transition to a cleaner economy. But people all over the world want a safe, livable future and are starting to fight back, and win.

An unbroken wall of opposition against tar sands pipelines in British Columbia? Victory! Dozens of major corporations, municipalities, and the entire EU committing to shun tar sands oil? Victory! A million comments to the US government against Keystone XL? Victory!

This is the story of the growing movement fighting for a clean energy future.

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The Dirt :: Victory Edition


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - March 13th 2014

Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, we highlight a slew of victories during the past month against tar sands development in all its forms. From two million opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline to a Toronto congregation and the Pittsburgh City Council, people everywhere are realizing that tar sands development is in no one’s best interest.

Spills and Leaks, Petrostate Politics

Congratulations! You stood up to tar sands giant CNRL and you won!


Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada - March 10th 2014

Blog Post: Nine months ago the first of four unstoppable spills was discovered at CNRL’s Primrose site near Cold Lake, Alberta. A few weeks ago, even though the spills are still spilling, CNRL had the audacity to apply to restart their operations and begin steaming again. In less than three days almost 1,500 people signed a petition to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to deny the application, and the AER did just that. Now CNRL has withdrawn the application. Now that’s a victory.

Climate Impacts, Keystone XL

Why is the biggest movement in the USA about Canada?

Erin Flegg | Vancouver Observer - March 7th 2014

Blog Post: The original plan of environmentalist groups in the U.S. was to deliver one million comments opposing Keystone XL to the State Department this morning. But the response from people all over North America speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands has been so enormous, a coalition of youth-driven environmental groups will now be delivering upwards of two million signatures to the doorstep of the White House this morning.

Tar Sands Free

Vermont towns pass resolutions opposing tar sands

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - March 5th 2014

Press Clipping: At Town Meeting 2014, Vermonters again expressed wide concern over the possibility of toxic tar sands being transported through an aging pipeline in the Northeast Kingdom or by other means. As of Tuesday night, residents of at least 12 towns – some of them crossed by the 60-year-old pipeline, others nearby – reported that they had passed resolutions expressing concerns and calling for careful environmental review of any proposal regarding tar sands.

Tar Sands Free

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church votes to divest from fossil fuel companies


Christine | 350orbust.com - February 25th 2014

Blog Post: The congregation of Trinity-St Paul’s United Church in Toronto voted unanimously on Sunday at its Annual General Meeting to lend its voice to the fast-growing divestment movement, and to ensure that its own funds are not invested in any of the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to climate justice, which has been a key priority of the congregation for the past decade.

Oil by rail

Massive oil-by-rail plan in East Bay put on hold

Jean Tepperman | East Bay Express - February 20th 2014

Press Clipping: Pittsburg city government will go back to the drawing board for another round of environmental review on a controversial proposal to build a giant crude oil rail terminal near downtown. Environmental groups and local organizations opposing the proposed crude oil terminal declared a “huge victory”. “This is a good example of democracy in action: elected officials responding to a mobilized, empowered community,” said Lyana Monterrey, a Pittsburg resident who helped initiate local opposition to the project.

Keystone XL

Bold Nebraska celebrates Keystone XL court victory


Mark Hefflinger | Bold Nebraska - February 20th 2014

Blog Post: Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy today sided with three Nebraska landowners and ruled that LB 1161 — the law passed by the Nebraska legislature in 2012 that granted the power of eminent domain to Gov. Dave Heineman, and in turn TransCanada for its Keystone XL pipeline — is declared unconstitutional and void. The ruling includes a permanent injunction preventing Heineman and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality from taking any further action to authorize or advance the pipeline under the unconstitutional law.