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U.S. Keystone Report Relied Heavily on Alberta Govt-Funded Research

John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Feb 7, 2014

State Department review used studies funded by Alberta agencies and carried out by Jacobs Consultancy, a subsidiary of a major tar sands developer.

A crude awakening for the Keystone pipeline

Robert Collier, TheRecord.com, Dec 21 2013

If U.S. President Barack Obama wants a way to appease both sides of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, he might want to look in the other direction — south to Mexico.

U.S. ‘green billionaire’ addresses his motives for working to block Keystone

Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press, 570News.com, Dec 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Yes, the influential activist spearheading the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has made a fortune in oil investments. Yes, he’s invested in a rival pipeline that would compete with Keystone.

Suncor Back in Favor as Alberta Heavy Oil Price Doubles

Edward Welsch, Bloomberg.com, Jul 23, 2013

Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) and other Canadian oil stocks have risen almost twice as much as global competitors after the country’s crude rose to a one-year high on optimism that pipeline bottlenecks are easing.

Canada railways split on crude as Keystone ruling looms

Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg News, Delaware News Journal, June 24 2013

OTTAWA, CANADA — Canadian National Railway sees “tremendous” growth in shipping oil by train. Hunter Harrison, who runs its biggest rival, says he isn’t so sure as he looks at potential pipeline competition.

Map: Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline Seeking U.S. Permit

Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, Jun 3, 2013

Canadian energy giant Enbridge is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone.

Pipeline dreams turn to ashes for Big Oil

Rick Smith, The Star, May 17 2013

The arrogance of oil companies and the Harper government turned a previously obscure environmental issue into a much more potent concern regarding the erosion of democracy and fairness

Senate endorses construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas

By Associated Press, Published: March 22

WASHINGTON — The Senate has endorsed construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is to carry oil from Canada to Texas oil refineries.

Senators voted 62-37 on Friday for the nonbinding measure. Seventeen Democrats and all 45 Republicans voted yes.

Where Is the Climate Leadership? We Need to Get It Right on Keystone XL

Robert Redford, Huffington Post, March 4 2013

Mr. Secretary, I am disappointed. I thought that we all understood that to fight climate change, we have to be able to say "no" to dirty energy projects. Our friends around the world are looking to us for climate leadership and it starts with drawing the line at tar sands expansion. It also means that we need to give health and environment a fair shake in the environmental review of a dirty energy project such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Yet the draft environmental review prepared by the State Department for Keystone XL misses what folks in industry themselves are saying: the Keystone XL project is necessary for expansion of tar sands. We know this means that Keystone XL will make climate change worse.

At North America’s refining hub, a thirst for Keystone

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 16 2013

HOUSTON — The cherry-red crane looms emphatically over the grey industrial landscape of the Houston shipping channel where a refinery processes crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.

Bitumen's Extraordinary and Popular Delusions

Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, 9 Mar 2013

Behold the latest mystical and ecstatic pronouncements of Keystone XL acolytes.

When to Say No

Editorial, New York Times, March 11, 2013

The State Department’s latest environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline makes no recommendation about whether President Obama should approve it. Here is ours. He should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project that — even by the State Department’s most cautious calculations — can only add to the problem.

I’m with the Tree Huggers

Michael Grunwald, Time Magazine, Feb 28 2013

The activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline are radical-and right

U.S. State Department says Keystone XL won't impact global warming

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Mar. 01 2013

OTTAWA — TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline has cleared a significant political hurdle in the United States after a State Department assessment concluded the project would not contribute to the warming of the planet.

Keystone XL Protesters Seized at White House

John M Broder, New York Times, Feb 13 2013

Four dozen environmental activists succeeded in getting themselves arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to their demand that President Obama reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Texas judge halts oil pipeline work

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Star-Telegram, Associated Press, 11 Dec 2012

HOUSTON — A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the latest legal battle to plague a project that has encountered numerous obstacles nationwide.

Enbridge pipeline opponents lack national platform of Keystone XL

August 19, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Katy Bodenmiller was worried about the proposed pipeline work near her house in Groveland Township, Mich., so she started looking for help.

Keystone XL rival Enbridge avoids scrutiny of oil pipeline plans

Matt Pearce and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2012

Enbridge is proceeding largely unencumbered with plans to spend $8.8 billion in the U.S. to send greater volumes of oil to the Gulf Coast and other markets.

Oil Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Background and Selected Environmental Issues

Jonathan L. Ramseur, Coordinator, Congressional Research Service, July 16 2012

Summary

If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil (e.g., synthetic crude oil or diluted bitumen) derived from oil sands in Alberta, Canada to destinations in the United States. Because the pipeline crosses an international border, it requires a Presidential Permit that is issued by the Department of State (DOS). The permit decision rests on a “national interest” determination, a term not defined in the authorizing Executive Orders. DOS states that it has “significant discretion” in the factors it examines in this determination. Key events related to the Presidential Permit include:

Washington Post: Keystone XL Series

Steven Mufson, Washington Post, Summer 2012

Steven Mufson and three others are traveling the length of the Keystone XL, from Alberta's tar sands to refineries near Houston and Port Arthur on the Texas Gulf Coast. They will report in a multipart series of articles, photographs and videos. A good place to start is with Keystone XL: A Primer

Follow their road trip,  beginning here.

This is not your typical summer road trip. Yes, we’re getting out the maps and fueling up the car. But we are going in search of a story about the very thing that makes such road trips possible: oil.

Private Profit, Public Risk

J. Mijin Cha, Huffington Post, August 2, 2012

Within two years, the Enbridge tar sands pipeline has managed to release more than 850,000 gallons of oil in two different spills. The first spill in Southwestern Michigan released over 800,000 gallons of oil and cost more than $800 million to clean up. The second spill released 50,000 gallons in Adams County, Wisc., smaller than the first spill but still requiring two homes to evacuate. These spills cause great economic and environmental harm to affected communities, but barely create an inconvenience for Enbridge, which posted quarterly earnings over $300 million in the last quarter.

Windfall from first Keystone pipeline falls short

Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, July 15 2012

LINCOLN — When TransCanada officials began promoting the benefits of its first pipeline to cross Nebraska, they projected a $5.5 million tax windfall for the state in the first year of operation.

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