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Keystone XL – EPA trashes State Dept’s whitewash job

You blew it – go back and do it right. That’s what the EPA told the State Department. State was supposed to have put together a serious environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline; instead it slapped together a botched job that painted a rosy low-impact scenario… that failed to take into account the […]

April 24th

Exxon spills tar sands oil, then lies about it

By Anthony Swift As the American public becomes acquainted with images of tar sands flowing across lawns, driveways and streets of an Arkansas suburb near Little Rock (for video of the spill go here), Exxon is now making the claim that the crude spilled from its ruptured Pegasus pipeline isn’t technically tar sands. This attempt is reminiscent […]

April 2nd

Forward on Climate – a report from the ground, with pics!

Frigid wind gusts didn’t keep rally participants from converging around the National Monument yesterday to join environmental activist Bill McKibben in a united effort to call on the President of the United States to take action and address the urgent need for immediate action on climate change. At a mass of an estimated 20 to 50,000, the […]

February 18th

SOTU 2013 reactions: The good, the bad and the ugly

Well, State of the Union 2013 is one for the history books, and now the post-mortems begin. Did President Obama hit one out of the park, or will he continue to be stuck in gridlock? Let’s take a look at some reactions from around the (green) world… …..More state of the Union coverage: The Green […]

February 12th

State of the Green Union 2013 – It’s climate change, stupid!

He spoke about peace. He spoke about the middle class. He spoke about health care. And he also came out strong about the environment. Could we be looking at a major shift in President Obama’s second term? He spoke about putting the nation’s interests before party and reasonable compromise – although I doubt he expected […]

February 12th

Climate Action week – top climate stories for February 12, 2013

We’re counting down to the largest climate rally in history, coming to Washington DC on February 17. Every day this week we’ll be presenting links and excerpts to the best climate change and global warming diaries posted around the web, and as part of the Climate Change Blogathon. Here we go for today, February 12: […]

February 12th

Bill McKibben: It’s past time we acted on climate change

(Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus and 350.org invite you to come to Washington DC on February 17th for a Presidents’ Day rally to pressure President Obama and Congress to actually do something about climate change. More information on the 350.org website.) By Bill McKibben Change usually happens very slowly, even once […]

January 10th

Obama cuts through Keystone red tape, while Native Americans protest

After rejecting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal in January, President Barack Obama today announced his plan to fast- track the construction of the pipeline’s southern end at a speech in Cushing, Oklahoma. As Native American activists protested the pipeline on the motorcade route miles from the President’s pro-oil event, Obama explained that the TransCanada […]

March 22nd

Keystone XL: It’s ALREADY taking longer to clean up tar sands spills than they said

By Rocky Kistner . Natural Resources Defense Council As TransCanada announced it would begin building the southern leg of its Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas—setting the stage for a new Congressional battle over the transnational pipeline—Michigan residents are worried about a massive tar sands oil spill that persists in their backyards. That’s because thousands […]

March 2nd

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