Support the Texas KXL Protestors!

August 29, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 3 Comments

As I write three anti-tar sands protestors remain in jail in Texas for stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. They are being held on $1,000 each. Four other protestors have been released. The seven had spent the day locked onto trucks carrying the KXL pipeline. They closed the pipe yard for five hours. … Read More

A big mess at Motiva and why Gulf Coast refiners are making a killing

August 9, 2012By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured, Industry Updates, Refinery Report

While Chevron’s Richmond refinery has been making the news lately with a very visible incident, our attention has been drawn to less noticed recent events in America’s biggest refining center on the Gulf Coast, where what was to become the country’s largest refinery also ran into a spot of trouble. You’d think that if you … Read More

The unethical reality of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL pipeline

August 9, 2012By David TurnbullBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

Recently, the Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, Mike Flood, spoke with the York News-Times about his views on the Keystone XL pipeline, which, as proposed, would run through environmentally sensitive parts of Nebraska. Amidst expressing lukewarm concern about the pipeline’s safety, Flood repeated an oft-used but oft-refuted argument for supporting the pipeline. He asserted that tar … Read More

Scientists Warn About KXL Climate Impacts

July 17, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Ten of the America’s top climate scientists are sending a letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton today with a simple message: The State Department has to conduct a serious review of the climate change impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department is currently accepting comments on the new scoping report that will determine what … Read More

How Fracking Boosts the Tar Sands

July 4, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

The energy revolution sweeping the United States is now taking up serious column inches in the nation’s papers. Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran with with the headline: “Expanded Oil Drilling Helps U.S. Wean Itself From Mideast.” The next day it was “U.S. Wakes Up to North American Oil Abundance.” There is no doubt … Read More

TransCanada clings to Keystone myths

May 23, 2012By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured

Yesterday we co-published a report with NRDC and Forest Ethics that busted the myth that the Keystone XL pipeline would lower gasoline prices for U.S. and Canadian consumers. It is actually more likely to raise prices by diverting oil from refineries in the Midwest, which are focused on serving the domestic market, to refineries on … Read More