2013 SkS News Bulletin #4: Alberta Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline

Big Oil attempts to end-run Keystone XL

The oil industry is planning an end-run around the President and State Department as they linger over the impending decision on whether to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by pushing for Big Oil friendly Congressional approval of the project.

Big Oil Attempts to End-Run Keystone XL with Congressional Approval by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, Mar 16, 2013

Billionaire joins fight against Keystone XL

The Keystone XL pipeline faces a new, formidable and deep-pocketed foe: Tom Steyer, a California billionaire, has targeted the controversial Canadian project to funnel Alberta’s landlocked heavy crude to Texas refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Billionaire joins fight against Keystone XL by Paul Koring, The Globe and Mail, Mar 19, 3013

Canada's Plan to Get Rich by Trashing the Climate

Like every other country in the world, Canada has promised to help keep global warming to less than 2 degrees C. However Canada's political and corporate leadership are committed to turning the country into a fossil-fuelled “energy superpower.” With a drug lord's just-providing-a-service hypocrisy Canada has openly declared it's future is tied to the profits from dumping hundreds of millions of tonnes of climate-heating carbon into the atmosphere every year.

Blame Canada Part 2: Canada's Plan to Get Rich by Trashing the Climate by Stpehen Leahy, DeSmog Canada, Mar 14, 2013

Furor over Keystone XL pipeline

Despite climate sweet talk from Alberta now, Keystone is a saga of missed opportunity and diplomatic failure, experts say.

Furor Over Keystone Pipeline Caught U.S. and Canada Flat-Footed on Climate Change by John Cushman, Inside Climate News, Mar 20, 2013

German scientists quit oilsands project

Pressure over environmental concerns has forced Germany's largest scientific  organization to pull out of joint research with Alberta on better ways to  upgrade oilsands bitumen.

German scientists with the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative will no longer work  on such projects, Bernd Schneider, lead scientific co-ordinator for the  Helmholtz Association, said Tuesday.

German scientists quit oilsands project over climate concerns by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press/CTV, Mar 19, 2013                        

Greenwashing the Tar Sands

This is Part One of a three-part series on the political greenwashing of the tar sands in Canada.

A Short History of Greenwashing the Tar Sands, Part 1 by Jeff Gailus, DeSmog Canada, Mar 19, 2013

Is the US State Department being downright fraudulent?

At least one of the several oil-friendly corporate authors was apparently paid by Trans-Canada, the corporate applicant for -- and the owner of -- the Keystone pipeline. And that's not all.

Is the State Department Being Downright Fraudulent in Assessing the Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline? by William Boardman, Alternet, Mar 18, 2013

Keystone supporters hit back at Pelosi's export criticism

The energy industry is lashing out at a senior U.S. Democrat who suggested that oil flowing through the Keystone XL pipeline is destined for export, a criticism that strikes at the heart of the rationale for the controversial project.

Keystone supporters hit back at Pelosi's export criticism by Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, Mar 15, 2013

Keystone XL pipeline not a climate change cure

Barack Obama has seen protesters from his motorcade for years: McCain and Romney  campaign supporters, health  care reform opponents and all manner of Tea Party acolytes. But when he left  Argonne National Laboratory in a cold rain outside Chicago on Friday, there was  another breed altogether: environmentalists bearing bright hand-painted signs  with messages like, “No XL Pipeline.”

White House: Keystone XL Pipeline Not A Climate Change Cure by Michael Scherer, Time, Mar 16, 2013

Obama's opportunity to get serious on climate change

On Presidents' Day weekend, I was among the 35,000 who attended the Forward On Climate rally in Washington, D.C. to urge President Obama to make good on the promise in his second inaugural address to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." The rally took aim specifically at Keystone XL, the hotly contested 1,700 mile pipeline project that would carry tar sands oil from northern Alberta, Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Reject Keystone XL: Obama's Opportunity to Get Serious on Climate Change by Joel Wolfram, The Huffington Post, Mar 19, 2013

Pelosi questions Keystone pipeline value

A day after President Obama indicated that there will soon be a decision on the  Keystone XL pipeline, the top House Democrat questioned the value of the  controversial project.

Pelosi questions Keystone pipeline value by Mike Lillis, The Hill, Mar 14, 2013

Rejection of Keystone XL would hurt Canada-U.S. ties

Alberta’s premier says a U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal would undermine the Canada-U.S. relationship.

Rejection of Keystone XL would hurt Canada-U.S. ties: Redford by Stepaniew Levitz, Canadian Press, Fianancial Post, Mar 13, 2013

US Senators push for Keystone XL approval

These Senators are clearly looking at oil industry bottom lines in order to protect their campaign contributions, when they should be looking at what’s in the best interests of the public.

Senators Cashing in on Oil Money Push for Keystone XL Approval With New Bill by David Turnbull, Alternet, Mar 19, 2013

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