Keystone XL

Activists and scientists cry foul as Obama pushes ahead on Keystone XL (Raw Story)

March 22, 2012

By Stephen C. Webster A major political victory for environmental activists was partially reversed Thursday after President Barack Obama appeared in Oklahoma to announce that his administration has fast-tracked the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that aims to connect Canada’s tar sands to oil refineries on the Texas gulf coast. […]

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March 22, 2012 Senator: Obama blocking Keystone didn’t send wrong message to Wall Street (Daily Caller)

March 21, 2012

By Nicholas Ballasy Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is leading an effort to crack down on “excessive” Wall Street speculation, said that President Barack Obama’s decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline has not contributed to high gas prices by sending the wrong message to traders in oil futures markets. The Daily Caller asked […]

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Keystone XL Contract Reveals More Evidence Of Conflict Of Interest (HuffPost Green)

March 9, 2012

By Joshua Hersh WASHINGTON — The contract assigning a third-party company to investigate the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL project adds to questions about the impartiality of the study, after the document was shown to be a binding contract between the outside company and the company building the pipeline, not the State Department. The […]

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State Department Inspector General Faults Keystone Approval Process (The Nation)

February 10, 2012

By George Zornick Yesterday, Politico’s website ran a story titled: “Keystone XL handled well by State Department, inspector general says.” The story asserted that “there is no evidence of conflict of interest or bias in the State Department’s review of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.” Well, not quite. The IG found that there wasn’t any […]

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Audit endorses State Department review of Keystone XL pipeline (Los Angeles Times)

February 9, 2012

By Reporting from Washington – An internal audit cleared the State Department of major missteps and conflicts of interest in its environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, but faulted the agency for its lack of scientific expertise and for not adequately considering alternative routes. The report by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General […]

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Watchdog Clears State Department of Impropriety in Review of Pipeline Project (New York Times)

By John M. Broder and Dan Frosch WASHINGTON — The State Department’s inspector general has found no conflict of interest or improper political influence in the agency’s review of the disputed Keystone XL pipeline project. But in a report released on Thursday, the official said the department had not adequately weighed concerns about the route […]

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Q&A with Canadian opponent of Keystone (Market Watch)

February 6, 2012

By Ronald D. Orol WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Not everyone in Canada supports the proposed oil pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. and to the British Columbia coast. Claude Gravelle, vice chair of the Canadian Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee and a member of the official opposition party in Canada, the left-leaning New Democratic Party, spoke to […]

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Bernie Sanders proposes to ax fossil-fuel subsidies and add 10 million sun-powered rooftops (Daily Kos)

January 27, 2012

By Meteor Blades Bernie Sanders used to be Congressman-at-large from Vermont. Now he’s Vermont’s junior Senator. In so many ways, however, he’s the nation’s Senator-at-large, showing the way when so many others in Congress have lost theirs. While a good chunk of Congress, including a majority of the freshman class in the House, are climate-change […]

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Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half (FireDogLake)

By David Dayen Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new bill out to kill fossil fuel subsidies that come in the form of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Instead, Sanders would redirect those funds to generate 10 million solar roofs in America, which would create installation jobs and significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption. […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Pledges to Introduce Legislation Repealing ‘Absurd’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies (International Business Times)

January 24, 2012

By Ashley Portero U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vt.)  pledged Tuesday to introduce legislation to repeal federal tax breaks and subsidies to the profitable fossil fuel industry, declaring at a Capitol Hill rally that “the most profitable corporations in the world do not need subsidies from the American people.” The Vermont senator was one of several speakers […]

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