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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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Keystone XL

TransCanada hands major victory to Nebraska landowners


September 30th 2015

Blog Post: This afternoon, TransCanada announced that the company will pull out of the lawsuit filed by over 100 Nebraska landowners challenging their right to use eminent domain to seize land for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Facing mounting legal expenses and a likely loss in court, the company will instead go through the Public Service Commission (PSC) review process it had originally hoped to avoid. The PSC process will take at least a year, and cannot move forward if and when President Obama rejects the federal permit for the pipeline. This is a major victory for Nebraska landowners.

Divestment & Tar Sands Free Communities

Fossil-fuel divestment movement exceeds $2.6 trillion


Chris Martin | Bloomberg Business - September 28th 2015

Press Clipping: Portfolio managers have pledged to steer $2.6 trillion in investments away from fossil fuels in an effort to prevent catastrophic climate change. That’s a 50-fold increase from the cumulative total a year ago, as environmental groups increased pressure on universities, insurance companies and individual investors to abandon stocks tied to coal, oil and natural gas. “You don’t go from $50 billion to $2.6 trillion in commitments without attracting a little attention,” Tom Van Dyck, managing director for socially responsible investment at Royal Bank of Canada, said by phone. “More and more investors are looking at the risks of not getting getting away from fossil fuels.”

Divestment & Tar Sands Free Communities

Oil divestment efforts seeing results


Shawn McCarthy | Globe and Mail - September 28th 2015

Press Clipping: Pension funds and other institutional investors are growing wary of an increasing "carbon risk" faced by coal and oil companies which confront a divestment movement that has gone mainstream and an uncertain future of climate-related regulations. Investors managing some $2.6 trillion (U.S.) in assets have signalled their intention to shift focus away from fossil fuels, a report released at a United Nations climate session this week states. And resource companies will likely face more bad news later this fall when the international Financial Stability Board releases a seminal report on the risk that "stranded assets" -- long-term investments that are rendered uneconomic -- would pose to the global banking and pension system.

Stop the Expansion

What went right? Why Shell lost its bet in the Arctic

September 28th 2015

Blog Post: Royal Dutch Shell announced this morning that it would be abandoning its exploration program in the U.S. offshore Arctic for the “foreseeable future” (see our response here). After more than 7 billion dollars and many seasons of almost unbelievable mishaps – Shell made the call along with an announcement that this season’s efforts had failed to turn up any worthwhile find. This is a huge win for the climate. We know that Arctic oil (like tar sands oil) is incompatible with a safe global climate. So what went right for those opposing Shell’s arctic drilling? And how can tar sands opponents learn from them?

Keystone XL

As Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL, all that remains is final rejection from President Obama


Editors | Tar Sands Solution Network - September 25th 2015

Blog Post: At a town hall meeting in Iowa this afternoon, Hillary Clinton revealed her position on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, telling a supporter, “I oppose it. I oppose it because I don't think it's in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.” The controversial project has long seemed doomed, with no legally approved route in Nebraska or South Dakota and opposition growing nationwide to building the pipeline. Now, with the leading Democratic candidates for President opposing its construction, all that remains is for President Obama to put the final nail in Keystone XL’s coffin and reject it once and for all.

Keystone XL

Climate activists score huge victory: Hillary Clinton comes out against Keystone XL pipeline


Luke Brinker | Salon.com - September 23rd 2015

Press Clipping: Breaking her years-long silence on an issue that has galvanized climate activists, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out against construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Tuesday — marking a reversal of the position she seemed to hold as secretary of state and underscoring the issue’s resonance among the progressive voters Clinton needs to secure her party’s nod. “I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is — a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Clinton said. “And unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues. Therefore, I oppose it.”

Energy East, Divestment & Tar Sands Free Communities

Laval, Quebec’s third-largest city, rejects Energy East pipeline


Editors | Tar Sands Solution Network - September 12th 2015

Blog Post: Équiterre salutes the decision by Laval mayor Marc Demers to oppose the TransCanada’s Energy East project. The mayor invoked many reasons for the decision including the security of the population and the protection of the environment as well as risks of oil spills near the city’s water sources. Équiterre also welcomes the mayor’s decison to create and lead a vast coalition of municipalities and organisations opposed to the project.

Alberta Clipper

Environmental activists arrested outside John Kerry’s house


Dhyana Taylor and Jacob Kerr | Huffington Post - August 26th 2015

Press Clipping: Twenty activists protesting an international pipeline expansion project were arrested outside Secretary of State John Kerry’s residence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. They were part of a group of about 100 demonstrators calling on Kerry to block Enbridge Energy from expanding its Alberta Clipper oil sands pipeline, which runs from Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. “Why in the world would we let them proceed without an environmental review?” said Greta Herrin, a student from Kalamazoo, Michigan. “This is a corporation that has shown a complete disregard for the people and the Earth.”