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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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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.

Climate Impacts

310,000+ Join People’s Climate March in New York City

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Hoda Baraka | 350.org - September 21st 2014

Blog Post: An official count conducted at the People’s Climate March in New York City showed that over 310,000 people participated in the largest climate rally in history--more than tripling pre-march estimates of 100,000. Around the world, hundreds of thousands more joined 2,646 events in 156 countries.

Line 9, Stop the Expansion

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

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Roger Drouin | Grist - July 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue “Clear Skies” shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as well have been wearing boxing gloves. The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction. “It’s been a long fight,” said resident Andy Jones after a 6-1 city council vote on Monday to approve the Clear Skies Ordinance, which will block the loading of heavy tar-sands bitumen onto tankers at the city’s port.

Tar Sands Free

Tar sands vote in Maine shows communities can stand up for wildlife and win big

July 22nd 2014

Blog Post: The people of South Portland, Maine, made historic news last night. The City Council passed an ordinance that prevents the Portland Pipe Line Corporation or others from building the large, polluting smokestacks necessary to load any form of tar sands crude oil onto tankers in its beautiful coastal port. NWF asked the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Clean Energy Director, Dylan Voorhees, what this vote means.

Tar Sands Free

VICTORY: South Portland passes tar sands ordinance 6 votes to 1

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July 22nd 2014

Blog Post: In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council tonight voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. “We may be a small city, but, boy, we’ve done a big thing tonight! The Clear Skies Ordinance protects our air, our coast, and our community,” said Mary-Jane Ferrier, spokesperson for Protect South Portland. “We are absolutely thrilled, relieved, and exhausted. Of course, we know it may not be over yet, and we’re committed to defend this victory from oil industry attacks.”

Tar Sands Free

Tar sands battleground: South Portland

John Richardson | Portland Press Herald - July 20th 2014

Press Clipping: The battle of South Portland’s residents to keep tar sands crude out of their community shows that what’s happening in this Maine city is just one part of an ongoing fight over Canada’s plans to expand tar sands production in Alberta.

Reducing Demand for Oil

Environment Maine: Tar Sands Ordinance Passes on Initial Vote

Environment Maine - July 11th 2014

Blog Post: The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, a new, narrow ordinance that will protect the city from tar sands. A huge crowd of 355 people, wearing sky-blue tee shirts, turned out in support of the ordinance, and those from South Portland speaking in support of the ordinance outnumbered opponents 9-1.