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California’s ocean guardian promotes Keystone XL pipeline, fracking

A network of so-called marine protected areas, created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, went into effect off the Southern California coast on January 1, 2012. As state officials and representatives of corporate environmental NGOs heralded these closed zones as “Yosemites of the Sea” and “underwater parks,” Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President […]

February 20th

GOP on Keystone XL: Stunningly stupid

We told you earlier today that the Obama Administration has cancelled the planet-killing Keystone XL oil pipeline, in response to a misguided GOP attempt to strongarm them into prematurely approving it. We also commented that their only possible motivation in pushing for a decision now – when the Administration had already said pushing too soon […]

January 18th

The Keystone XL pipeline isn’t about jobs – it’s about exporting oil

By Danielle Droitsch Director of NRDC’s Canada Project You’ll hear the GOP, the American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce make wild claims about the job creation potential of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Don’t be fooled. The pipeline company itself admits only “a few hundred permanent jobs” are created by Keystone XL.  The debate […]

January 16th

King Kong vs. Godzilla: Does Big Oil Get a Pass Because Big Coal is Bigger?

By David Doniger Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program of the NRDC When EPA released the first comprehensive “right-to-know” data on America’s biggest carbon polluters last week, there was a curious reaction from the one of the biggest industries involved. As expected, the 2010 data show that coal-burning power plants are the biggest sources of the carbon […]

January 15th

Why is California Gov Jerry Brown going all drill-baby-drill?

In a move that reeks of political cronyism and nepotism and demonstrates the inordinate power of the oil industry in California, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Secretary of State Debra Bowens’s husband, Mark Nechodom, to Chair California’s Department of Conservation on December 28. Nechodom, 56, replaces Derek Chernow, the acting director of the Department who Brown […]

January 3rd

Bill McKibben: Keystone XL back on Obama’s desk

By Bill McKibben 350.org We’ve been doing our best the last couple of weeks to keep you up-to-date on the machinations about Keystone in Washington. “Our best” in this case has only been so-so, because the whole process has been incredibly confusing. But it seems to be getting a little clearer now. Today the House agreed […]

December 23rd

Bill McKibben on tax bill/Keystone XL: WTF?

By Bill McKibben 350.org Dear Friends, About 48 hours ago, I told you we’d have a clearer picture of what was going on with the pipeline fight in 48 hours. I was wrong, mistaken, and also incorrect. As it stands now, things in Washington couldn’t be muddier. The Senate, with the White House’s consent, passed […]

December 20th

GOP holds YOUR tax relief hostage… for the Keystone dirty oil pipeline

By Frances Beinecke  President, Natural Resources Defense Counsel  (Originally appeared at the NRDC blog, Switchboard) At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring President Obama to make a fast-track decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical. The […]

December 19th

Democrats cave on Keystone XL pipeline

By Bill McKibben 350.org Dear Friends, As you might know, the Keystone tar sands pipeline is back in play.  This morning, the Senate passed a bill that requires a 60-day, expedited approval process for the pipeline in return for a payroll tax cut, and the President has said he will sign it. The news has […]

December 17th