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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 block our access to the clean energy economy. But people all over the world want a different future and are starting to fight back, and win.

2/3 of British Columbia including 100 First Nations united against Enbridge Northern Gateway? Victory! Three major tar sands mines cancelled in 2014 due to "lack of infrastructure"? Victory! 400,000 marchers in New York demanding a safe climate? Victory!

This is the story of the growing movement fighting for solutions.

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Economic Factors, Stop the Expansion

Keeping it in the ground

Lorne Stockman and Steve Kretzmann | Oil Change International - November 7th 2014

Blog Post: Public opposition isn't just having an impact on carbon emissions -- it's having a MASSIVE impact. This chart compares these emissions savings against those of key climate policies of the Obama Administration. Should the emissions saved from demand-side policies, such as vehicle efficiency standards (CAFE) and power plant carbon rules, be compared to those saved by supply-side changes such as the cancellation of oil production projects? We believe the answer is yes.

Economic Factors

Public opposition has cost tar sands industry $17bn, says report

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Arthur Neslen | The Guardian - November 4th 2014

Press Clipping: “Tar sands producers face a new kind of risk from growing public opposition,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at IEEFA, and one of the lead authors on the report. “This opposition has achieved a permanent presence as public sentiment evolves and as the influence of organizations opposed to tar sands production continues to grow.”

Economic Factors

Material risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development

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Hannah McKinnon | Oil Change International - October 29th 2014

Publication: A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International quantifies for the first time the financial and carbon impact of public opposition to pipelines and other expanded investment in tar sands production. The report estimates tar sands development lost revenue at $30.9 billion from 2010 through 2013, largely because of a fierce grassroots movement against tar sands development.

Oil by rail

‘Bomb trains’: A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

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Audrea Lim | Aljazeera America - October 27th 2014

Press Clipping: Lipo Chanthanasak, who moved to Richmond from Laos 24 years ago, lives within the potential blast zone should an oil train derail on the BNSF Railway tracks or the Kinder Morgan rail facility. The 70-year-old retiree says he only learned that crude was being transported through his community because of his involvement with the nonprofit Asian Pacific Environmental Network, or APEN. Many of his neighbors, he says, are unaware, but the threat is all too real.

Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes

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Adam Scott | Environmental Defence - October 14th 2014

Blog Post: The National Energy Board (NEB) just rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important and basic safety requirements – providing proof that there are emergency shut-off valves on both sides of all major water crossings along the pipeline’s route. Looks like Enbridge is going to have some explaining to do before its plans for Line 9 can go any further.

Stop the Expansion, Creating a Low Carbon Future

The battle against the tar sands is about to change

Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada - October 6th 2014

Blog Post: Resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight. Last week's massive People's Climate March in New York that brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York, led by climate impacted and Indigenous communities, was just one of many signs of hope that are starting to emerge. People are standing up to the largest carbon bullies on the planet and we are starting to win.

Kinder Morgan

Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan

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Mychaylo Prystupa | Vancouver Observer - September 26th 2014

Press Clipping: In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. “Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation," said Burnaby's lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening. "They thumbed their nose at the law. It turns out they were wrong."

Economic Factors

Yet Another Tar Sands Project Cancellation

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Lorne Stockman and others | Oil Change International - September 25th 2014

Blog Post: Norwegian energy firm Statoil announced today that it would pull the plug on a planned multi-billion dollar, 40,000 barrel per day tar sands project in Alberta. The firm cited a lack of pipeline access and increased costs. That is, the fact that the current limited pipeline capacity to export markets has made it harder to turn a profit investing in large-scale tar sands extraction projects.