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Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists Have Deep Ties to White House

By: Pratap Chatterjee

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

TransCanada and the provincial government of Alberta are paying former advisors to the Obama administration – as well as former staff of the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry presidential campaigns – to help them lobby for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands fuel to the U.S.

The pipeline from Alberta – which is to be built by TransCanada – has been delayed for over four years pending approval from the U.S. State Department which has final say because it crosses the international border. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a decision this fall in consultation with John Kerry, who took over the State Department earlier this year from Hilary Clinton.

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Harper Conservatives spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding

By: Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of CanadaPress Release:

CEP LOGOOTTAWA, May 27, 2013 – “Canadians should be outraged that the federal government is shoving millions of taxpayer dollars into American advertising to  promote Keystone XL,”  says Dave Coles, President of Canada’s largest energy workers’ union.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has learned that since 2010-11 Natural Resources Canada has increased its advertising budget by 7000%.

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Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL, tar sands expansion “can be stopped”

By: Dr. James Hansen

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil).

Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian youth press their government to stop supporting tar sands development, given the fact that Norway saves much of its oil earnings for future generations and given the fact that Norway is not likely among the nations that will suffer most from climate change.

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In New York, Activists Confront Harper Over Keystone XL and Canada’s Dismal Climate Policies

By: 350.org | Press Release

Harper's NYC Keystone XL sales pitch protested (Photo: 350.org)

Harper’s NYC Keystone XL sales pitch protested (Photo: 350.org)

WASHINGTON – May 16 – The Big Apple proved to be an unfriendly landing spot today for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose sales job for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was interrupted by scores of climate activists who want President Obama to reject the pipeline and for Harper to re-commit Canada to confronting climate change.

An estimated 100 activists greeted Harper before his visit to the Council on Foreign Relations with a large banner that read “Harper: Tell the truth on climate change. Tar Sands = Climate Disaster.” On Tuesday, over 500 people met President Obama here to ask him to reject the Keystone.

“Harper is here to sell tar sands oil and his country’s record on dealing with the climate crisis but Americans are skeptical of both and for good reason,” said 350.org spokesperson Daniel Kessler. “The US is cutting its emissions while Canada’s are rising. Tar sands expansion will stall progress in both of our countries and concerned citizens are speaking out.”

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Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL pipeline battle

By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013:

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

Dwane and Carter Camp are both long time AIM (American Indian Movement) veterans. (Photo: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance/Girard Oz)

On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more toxins into the air. These toxins are brimming with benzene — a chemical that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, can cause leukemia, anemia and even decrease the size of women’s ovaries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2008 the ConocoPhillips refinery released over 2,000 pounds of this chemical into the air in Ponca City.

“Of the maybe 800 of us that live locally, we have averaged over the last five to seven years maybe one funeral a week,” explained Casey Camp-Horinek, a Ponca woman and longtime activist. “Where we used to have dances every week, now most people are in mourning.”

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Canada’s “Sewer Salesman” Joe Oliver Heads to Europe

Source: Oil Change International

Joe Oliver, Canada's Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

One of Canada’s most senior politicians is back in Europe on yet another lobby tour to try and bully politicians there to ditch their landmark climate legislation as it discriminates against the dirty tar sands.

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, will tour Paris, Brussels and London this week.

A key focus of his tour will be the EU’s flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which the Canadians  have been trying to derail for several years now, using a mix of lobbying, bullying, and open trade threats.

The Canadians have forced the FQD to be delayed time and again, and if the legislation gets delayed beyond the end of this year, it may be abandoned all together. It is no surprise that when in Brussels, Oliver will meet with senior officials from the European Commission as well at bosses from oil giants Shell and Total, which have interests in the tar sands.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Could Cost $100 Billion Per Year in Health and Environmental Damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out

By: Oil Change International | Press Release:

WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per year in damages to health, property, ecosystems, and the climate. The new study was released after the EPA requested the State Department provide a more detailed review of the actual cost of the pipeline to society as a part of their SEIS.

See the study from Oil Change International: http://bit.ly/KXLCost

More than one million people submitted comments opposing the pipeline during the public comment period for the pipeline in addition to the EPA.

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