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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

Victory! State Department set to reject Keystone XL pipeline today

After a year-long fight, climate activists appear to have pulled off a major coup: The State Department is set to announce today that they’re rejecting the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline. The Obama Administration had put off a decision on the pipeline until 2013 in order to conduct a full environmental review. But in yet […]

January 18th

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

Bill McKibben: People power trumped corporate power

By Bill McKibben 350.org Yesterday was one of the more amazing days of my life. When I started working on this Keystone XL campaign in early summer (years after indigenous leaders and Nebraska ranchers) I thought the odds were almost impossibly against us. Almost being the key word–I wouldn’t have engaged if I didn’t think […]

November 11th

Government launches probe of Keystone XL process for corruption

The Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada all the way to Texas, has hit a major roadblock. Politico broke the story: The State Department’s Office of the Inspector General will conduct an investigation into serious allegations that the Keystone approval process has been corrupted. As Politico notes, there have […]

November 7th