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Keystone Senate Yea Votes: Seven Times More Oil & Gas Money
Senators who voted to push through development of the Keystone XL pipeline today have received, on average, $570,034 in contributions to their campaigns and leadership PACs from the oil and gas industry over the course of their careers. The 35 senators who voted against bill have received, on...
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'Turning Back on American People,' US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama's expected veto. The nine Democrats who voted to approve...
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On Eve of KXL Vote, GOP Senate Rejects Sanders' National Solar Expansion Plan
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would have spurred the purchase and installation of 10 million solar panel systems for homes and businesses nationwide over the next decade. Sanders's amendment, which he said would have...
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Yellowstone Oil Spill Missing from Keystone XL Coverage On CNN, Fox
CNN and Fox News repeatedly reported on the Keystone XL pipeline without connecting it to a major oil spill near the pipeline's proposed route. By contrast, MSNBC and others in the media have reported on the spill, which occurred in the Yellowstone River in Montana, in the context of concerns about...
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GOP Senators Admit Climate Change 'Not A Hoax' But Refuse to Blame Humans
The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate admitted on Wednesday night that climate change is not—as some Republicans have claimed in the past—"a hoax," but stopped short of attributing its causes to human activity, as scientists have done for close to 30 years. In fact, the Senate's most ardent climate denier...
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Faced With Land Seizures, Defiant Nebraskans Vow to Halt Keystone XL
As Canadian energy company TransCanada filed eminent domain claims against Nebraska landowners on Tuesday for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, families whose properties are on the verge of forced seizure say they will do whatever is necessary to shut down the...
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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water Following Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River
The cancer-causing chemical benzene has been detected in the drinking water supply of a Montana town after a pipeline ruptured on Saturday, sending up to 50,000 gallons of Bakken shale crude oil into the partially-frozen Yellowstone River. The second Yellowstone River pipeline spill in less than...
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What Does the Falling Price of Oil Mean for the Pipelines We Oppose?
Will the falling price of oil affect the construction of the proposed Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and other pipelines? What are the economics of pipelines with multi-billion dollar price tags when the price of oil is now at about $40, well below the break-even point of $65-70 for...
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Oil Industry Agrees: Keystone Not Just Political
While certain mainstream media outlets speculate on the ‘symbolic’ nature of the protracted battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the tar sands industry itself is clear that pipeline access, or rather the lack of it, is the number one threat to its future. A survey (above) carried out for...
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Climate Activists Rally Country-Wide to Fight Keystone XL
Environmental activists rallied in all 50 states on Tuesday to protest the Keystone XL pipeline after the bill moved forward in Congress earlier this week. Over 150 events were organized in less than 72 hours, according to 350.org. Activists at a Washington D.C. rally delivered a 500,000-name...
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