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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!

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Enbridge Northern Gateway

#BoycottTims trends on Twitter after coffee company pulls Enbridge ads


David Bateman | Toronto Star - June 5th 2015

Press Clipping: Thousands of angry Canadians got #BoycottTims trending No.1 across the country Thursday after Tim Hortons removed commercials for pipeline giant Enbridge from their screens. About 28,000 people signed a petition by a group of campaigners called SumOfUs demanding Tim Hortons drop the ads, accusing the company of “shilling” for the oil sands shipper, who are trying to advance a pipeline project from Alberta through British Columbia. Emma Pullman, senior SumOfUs campaigner, said while Tim Hortons has a special place in the hearts of Canadians, the Enbridge brand does not.

Enbridge Northern Gateway

People power erodes Enbridge’s social license


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions - June 4th 2015

Blog Post: Enbridge's latest ploy to promote the Northern Gateway pipeline was to team up with Canadian coffee icon Tim Horton's and force Timmy adherents to watch Enbridge's slick public relations ads about how great the tar sands are while waiting for their morning coffee (which is pretty rich coming from a company that deleted islands out of public safety videos to make its Northern Gateway tar sands and tanker project look more safe). But public pushback facilitated by Sum of Us put the kaibosk on Enbridge's plans when Tim Hortons pulled its advertising campaign with Enbridge. Thanks for all you do!

Oil by rail, Stop the Expansion

Cuomo administration blocks massive tar sands oil facility expansion in Albany, NY

May 25th 2015

Blog Post: In the face of a court challenge from a broad coalition of environmental and community groups and massive community opposition, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today halted Global Companies’ proposed expansion of its massive Albany oil train facility to handle tar sands oil. “The Sierra Club applauds Governor Cuomo and the DEC for using the State’s full jurisdictional powers to protect New Yorkers from the growing threat of unsafe tar sands-by-rail transport,” said Roger Downs, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

Economic Factors, Enbridge Northern Gateway, Energy East

In the oil sands, a painful shift to a new normal


Jeff Lewis | Globe and Mail - May 18th 2015

Press Clipping: For years, Alberta’s deposits of tarry bitumen attracted billions in investment from the world’s oil giants. Those days are gone. Today, the sector is reeling amid a price shock that has sapped billions from corporate budgets and forced a dramatic rethink about the companies’ role in global energy markets. By one estimate, as much as 1.2 million barrels per day of future production capacity has been put on hold, only a fraction of which will be resurrected. This slimmer production outlook will ease demand for multibillion-dollar pipelines, potentially delaying projects such as Northern Gateway and Energy East well into next decade.

Land & Species Impacts, Energy East

Cacouna port dead: What does this mean for opposition to Energy East?

Andrea Harden-Donahue | Council of Canadians - April 2nd 2015

Blog Post: As anticipated, TransCanada has pulled the plug on the controversial Cacouna port that really should never have seen the light of day. Massive export port beside (endangered) beluga whale habitat, with massive tankers plying the St Lawrence? Nope. The reality is opposition in Quebec to the Cacouna port and the Energy East pipeline proposal is diverse and growing.

Land & Species Impacts, Energy East

TransCanada won’t build Quebec oil terminal over beluga concerns


Bertrand Marotte | Globe and Mail - April 2nd 2015

Press Clipping: Environmentalists quickly responded to TransCanada’s decision to abandon plans to build an export terminal for its Energy East pipeline project at Cacouna, Que., a critical St. Lawrence River gathering place for beluga whales. “By abandoning its tanker terminal plans for Cacouna, Quebec, TransCanada has finally admitted Energy East carries major risks for Canada,” Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott said. “If TransCanada is serious about listening, it should move immediately to cancel the Energy East project,” he said, adding that the project is “an export pipeline that has nothing to do with meeting Canadian demand for oil.”

Keystone XL

This is the real significance of Obama’s Keystone XL veto


Chris Mooney | Washington Post - March 2nd 2015

Press Clipping: The seemingly unending Keystone XL saga hit the spotlight again Tuesday — when President Obama vetoed legislation that would have approved the pipeline. The significance of this move is worth considering. For what it means, above all, is that a relatively novel environmentalist strategy — aimed at deliberately blocking certain kinds of fossil fuel production and extraction — has now forced the hand of no less than the president himself. “Most actions that have been taken on climate change have been about smokestacks and tail pipes,” says Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. Keystone, he said, “has been the first major public fight to argue that we have to begin to curtail production.”

Petrostate Politics, Keystone XL

Crude Awakening: How the Keystone veto dashes Canada’s ‘superpower’ dreams


Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone Magazine - February 25th 2015

Press Clipping: Barack Obama's veto of Keystone XL has placed the export pipeline for Canadian tar-sands crude on its deathbed. As we, in the United States, consider the fate of our own massive oil reserves and confront the specter of yet another Bush presidency, Stephen Harper's Canada offers a cautionary tale — about the economic and political havoc that can be unleashed when a first-world nation yokes itself to Tea Party economics and to the boom and bust of Big Oil.