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  • The dirty truth about tar sands

    John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress delivered the keynote speech for Canada 2020"s ""Greening" The Oil Sands: Debunking the Myths and Confronting the Realities" conference held this week in Washington. While seeking not to play the "holier than thou" card, Podesta, one of the most influential voices in American politics today, said he was skeptical about a ...


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  • NRDC: Tar sands pipeline fails presidential test

    President Obama said today he would not okay the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline unless it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the international program with the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “The president made it emphatic: he won't green light a tar sands pipeline that means more ...

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report released last week by Environmental Defence (Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands) focuses on concerns being expressed across Canada and around the world about the environmental cost of exploiting the Tar Sands of Alberta, which it calls Canada’s most serious environmental liability. The Toronto-based ...


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  • European Commission buries new data on tar sand impacts

    Canadian pressure for u-turn on EU clean fuel law Brussels, Belgium - A scientific report (1) for the European Commission, published online yesterday and then immediately withdrawn, has confirmed that carbon emissions from Canadian tar sand oil production are ‘significantly higher than...industry-average emissions from conventional fuels’.  In 2008, the EU agreed a law setting a ...

  • Regardless of Approval, Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline Will Likely Never Be Built

    With the announcement that the Canadian federal government would approve Enbridge’s Proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline to British Columbia, First Nations and environmental advocates reacted with the following statements: Dr. Tzeporah Berman, Canadian author and environmentalist: “Just like Keystone XL, the Northern Gateway pipeline faces widespread opposition from the people ...

  • KXL Tar Sands Pipeline: The more we learn, the worse it looks

    The U.S. State Department today released a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposed to pass through the United States from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. As the Natural Resources Defense Council starts to analyze this draft environmental review, NRDC Canada Project Director Danielle Droitsch issued this statement: “The ...

  • House Demonstrates Support for a Presidential Veto of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The House vote today forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline came with a silver lining: There are more than enough lawmakers to sustain a well-deserved presidential veto of the ill-considered legislation. The following is a statement by Danielle Droitsch, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The House-passed bill is wrong for our ...

  • State Department Takes Prudent Action on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The State Department announced today it will extend its decision-making period on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The following is a statement from Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The State Department is taking the most prudent course of action possible. It is already clear that the Keystone XL tar sands ...

  • NRDC: President Retains Responsibility for Keystone XL Tar Sands Decision

    A majority in the U.S. House today voted for Nebraska GOP Rep. Lee Terry’s legislation, The Northern Route Approval Act,” that seeks to speed up approval for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by eliminating the need for a presidential permit. Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, made these comments on the vote: ...

  • Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: State department papers over climate issues

    The U.S. State Department today released a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposed to pass through the United States from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Natural Resources Defense Council experts have begun analyzing the draft review and have found numerous major flaws, including: Climate Impacts:  The analysis ...

  • NRDC: Senators Should Oppose Bill Forcing Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The lame duck Senate soon may consider a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, thus overriding presidential authority. The following is a statement from Danielle Droitsch, director of the Canada Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “This tar sands oil pipeline was a bad idea before the election, and it remains a bad ...

  • President Has All Information Needed to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The following is a statement by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, international program director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on the State Department’s final environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline: “Even though the State Department continues to downplay clear evidence that the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to tar sands expansion and ...

  • Flood of tar sands imports equivalent to adding 6 million cars to Europe’s roads – study

    New figures released today by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) show that if Europe does not act, its imports of tar sands, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, would likely skyrocket from about 4,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2012 to over 700,000 bpd in 2020 [1]. The resulting emissions increase in transport would be the equivalent of adding six million cars to Europe’s roads. ...

  • Citing Climate Damage, More than 100 Scientists, Economists Urge Obama and Kerry to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    More than 100 leading scientists and economists are calling on the Obama Administration to deny the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because it will trigger massive development of the world’s dirtiest oil, and escalate climate change. They include Nobel Prize winners in physics and economics, and lead authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

  • Dirty energy keystone XL Measure has no place in clean energy bill

    During the Senate’s work today on the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, several senators debated a proposed Senate measure supporting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would worsen climate change. The Natural Resources Defense Council maintains that the Shaheen-Portman bill should be kept free of amendments that would make it impossible for this bipartisan ...

  • Commission tries to scrap Fuel Quality Directive despite public opposition

    In its draft ‘white paper’ published today, which outlines the proposed 2030 climate and energy package, the European Commission has included a line of text calling for an end, from 2020, of the 6% greenhouse gas reduction target for transport fuels, as part of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). The Commission’s text would effectively mean that the EU law to regulate emissions ...

  • Taylor & Francis Debuts New Energy Journal in 2006

    Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy, a new journal that published January 2006, is a companion to Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. This peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal will serve as an international forum for the reporting and investigation of economic ...


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  • Report: Fossile Energy Will Cost Double Renewable By 2030

    A commonly repeated mantra is that renewable energy technologies are too expensive, or require high investments. Which suggests that the alternative to renewable energy – the current fossil-based energy infrastructure - is cheaper, or requires less investments. But does that view hold true? A look at global energy cost developments shows – Fossil ...


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  • Annual U.S. energy outlook shows increased demand for Alberta oil

    The Annual Energy Outlook 2011 released earlier this month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration project a major expasion of shale gas production and increased imports of oil from Alberta's tar sands. The reference gas predicts a world oil price of $125 per barrel in 2009 dollars, a gradual increase in GHG emissions - but not reaching 2005 levels until 2027, and continued dominance of ...


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  • Fire sale on stuff that burns: Oil, natural gas, coal down

    These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices. Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years. Consumers are rejoicing. Fossil fuel companies are reeling. Countries ...


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