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Al Gore says Obama must veto ‘atrocity’ of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian (UK) | June 15, 2013

Former vice-president says oil pipeline is ‘really a losing proposition’ and demands climate plan promised at inauguration

Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as “an atrocity”.

The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL.

“I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline across British Columbia to ports on the Pacific,” he told the Guardian. “I really can’t imagine that our country would say: ‘Oh well. Take it right over parts of the Ogallala aquifer’, our largest and most important source of ground water in the US. It’s really a losing proposition.”

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Extreme Energy development is a risk for investment and the planet, Indigenous delegates tell Royal Dutch Shell shareholders

By: Polaris Institute Press Release:

Polaris Institute Shell PicTuesday May 21st, The Hague, Netherlands – Today members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska attended the Royal Dutch Shell AGM to confront the Chairman and Board over Shell’s decision to pursue highly risky ‘extreme energy’ projects without adequate consultation and accommodation of Indigenous communities. Projects such as Arctic off-shore drilling and tar sands will have little long term benefit for the company, and expose it to reputational damage, political and financial risk, including litigation.

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Despite risk to marine ecosystem White House reaffirms commitment to Arctic drilling

As US renews pledge to drill in Arctic waters, Greenland places moratorium on new leases

By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams:

Celebrating news of the moratorium, Greenpeace now calls for "total ban of drilling" in Arctic waters. (Photo: Jiri Rezac/ Greenpeace)

Celebrating news of the moratorium, Greenpeace now calls for “total ban of drilling” in Arctic waters. (Photo: Jiri Rezac/ Greenpeace)

A White House official reaffirmed Wednesday the Obama administration’s commitment to the Arctic offshore drilling program despite the “dangerous risk” of catastrophic consequences for the pristine marine ecosystem.

Speaking via video conference before a Alaskan Senate hearing in Anchorage regarding the recent grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau said, “The administration is committed to supporting safe and responsible exploration of potential energy resources in frontier areas such as the Arctic.”

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Arkansas residents evacuate as Exxon-Mobil tar sands pipeline ruptures

Arkansas residents evacuate as Exxon-Mobil tar sands pipeline ruptures (via Raw Story )

An Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and shutting down sections of interstate highway. According to Little Rock’s KATV, a hazardous materials team from the Office of Emergency Management has contained the spill…

Activist Climbs Flagpole, Hangs Banner Denouncing Investment in Tar Sands

LyondellBasell recently announced its plans to nearly triple its tar sands refining capacity from the Keystone XL pipeline as protests escalate across the continent

By: Tar Sands Blockade | Press Release:

HOUSTON, TX – An activist with Tar Sands Blockade climbed a 50 foot flagpole in front of LyondellBasell’s downtown Houston office this morning and hung a banner denouncing the corporation’s plans to nearly triple its tar sands processing capacity at its Houston Refining facility in the Hispanic neighborhood of Manchester. The banner reads, “LyondellBasell, Stay Out of Tar Sands. No KXL.”

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10 KXL Amendment Co-Sponsors Took $8 Million from Fossil Fuel Industry

Average KXL Amendment Co-Sponsor has Taken 2.5 Times More Money from Industry Than Non-Sponsors, New Research Shows

By: Oil Change International | Press Release:

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

WASHINGTON – New research from Oil Change International today (March 22) found that the 10 Senators co-sponsoring the pro- Keystone XL Pipeline Amendment (Hoeven Amendment 494) in the Senate today have on average taken $807,517 from the fossil fuel industry. That works out to 254% more money than the average Senator not sponsoring the amendment, and a total haul of over $8 million dollars, based on data from DirtyEnergyMoney.org.

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‘Senate’s Big Oil Benefactors’ Slammed for Keystone XL Vote

10 KXL amendment co-sponsors took $8 million from fossil fuel industry

By: Jacob Chamberlain and Jon Queally | Common Dreams

Keystone pipeline handout

Keystone pipeline handout

In a 62-37 vote late Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding amendment calling for the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Environmental groups and climate activists were quick to condemn the vote, but said the “symbolic vote” was valuable because it revealed which members of the Senate have received the message on the seriousness posed by climate change and which continue to bend to the demands of industry lobbyists.

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