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Yes we can—stop the Keystone XL pipeline

One day in early September, some dozen Democratic activists showed up at the Washington state headquarters of Obama for America, the President’s re-election campaign organization in Seattle. They cornered the state director, Dustin Lambro, and called on the President to block TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring crude oil from the Alberta oil sands through the U.S. Midwest to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, potentially doubling exports of oil sands crude to the U.S. “It’s not an issue I know much about,” Lambro said. So the activists gave him an earful.

Macleans
Monday, October 3, 2011

Canadian actresses arrested as pipeline protests continue in D.C.

Canadian actresses Margot Kidder and Tantoo Cardinal were among dozens of environmental activists arrested Tuesday during a sit-in at the White House to protest plans for the 2,700-kilometre Keystone XL pipeline.

Kidder and Cardinal joined about 60 people who were detained after violating a protest permit by stopping and sitting on the sidewalk in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, then ignoring police orders to leave.

Montreal Gazette
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

President Obama’s smog policy gamble holds uncertain political payoff

The surprise White House decision Friday to shelve tougher smog regulations may not allow President Obama to breathe easier politically.

The Hill
Saturday, September 3, 2011

1,700-mile Canada-U.S. pipeline plan clears key hurdle

A controversial proposal to build a giant oil pipeline between Alberta, Canada, and Texas cleared a key hurdle Friday as the State Department said the project could be built without significant damage to the environment.

Known as Keystone XL, the 1,700-mile pipeline has drawn fierce criticism from environmentalists, who are staging a two-week demonstration at the White House. So far, some 370 people have been arrested for protesting the project.

CNN
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nation's Largest Environmental Organizations Stand Together To Oppose Oil Pipeline

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Washington, DC -- The heads of the nation’s largest environmental organizations—often at odds on the best strategy for combating climate change—released a letter today calling on President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would span from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. (1)

As Congress Moves to Fast-track Keystone XL Pipeline, Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience at the White House

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

20 July 2011 Washington, DC -- On the same day as the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to approve a text saying that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "should promptly authorize" the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the executive directors of leading environmental groups released a letter calling for massive sit-ins at the White House this August to pressure President Obama to deny the pipeline the permit necessary for c

Peak Oil, Peak Water, Peak Resources, Peak Planet: Building a Currency for the 21st Century

In a planet running out of resources, the most important public policy tool may be the measuring stick.

This becomes important to remember amid the remarkable swings of pessimism and guarded optimism we’ve seen over the past two years on the ability of individual nations to scale-up the sustainable energy agenda.

National Geographic
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

RBS faces AGM protests over tar sands cash

Royal Bank of Scotland faces protests from native tribespeople today over its backing for the controversial extraction of oil from tar sands in Canada.

The Independent
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Texan Takes Fight Against Tar Sands Pipeline to Citigroup

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

NEW YORK, April 20—David Daniel is traveling 1,500 miles from the Piney Woods of East Texas to midtown Manhattan this week with a message for Citigroup, the nation’s third-largest bank: Don’t help a Canadian oil pipeline company endanger my community.

Royal Bank of Canada Steps Away from Tar Sands With Support for First Nation Rights

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO—The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) today made public its new environmental and social standards, which will govern financing of clients in high-impact sectors including Canada’s tar sands. The announcement marks a significant about face on tar sands by one of the sectors biggest financiers. The policy is the first by a major international bank to document whether bank clients have received consent from Indigenous communities.

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