Over 600,000 Say No to KXL

February 14, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 4 Comments

Once again it is the many versus the money. Starting at noon yesterday, a coalition of thirty or so environmental organisations, including Oil Change International (OCI) and 350.org set out to gather at least 500,000 signatures with 24 hours to stop the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The initiative came as a response to moves within … Read More

Keystone XL benefits from taxpayer subsidies

February 8, 2012By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Research & Opinions, Separate Oil and State 43 Comments

 Sen. Mitch McConnell claimed recently that the Keystone XL Pipeline “doesn’t require a penny of our taxpayer money all the president has to do is approve it.” But our research reveals many places that the pipeline project benefits from taxpayer subsidies. The refineries that are linked to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline as committed … Read More

Keystone XL Becoming Key Election Issue

February 1, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

November may still seem a long way off, but increasingly it is looking like the the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is going to become a key Presidential election issue. David Wilkins, who was George Bush’s ambassador to Canada from 2005 to 2009, is one of the many people who think this is the case. “It’s … Read More

TransCanada “Violating Laws” Over KXL Jobs Claim

January 30, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post

Later today the Republican Senator John Hoeven will try to introduce legislation seeking to bypass President Barack Obama and empower Congress to approve the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Hoeven’s bill, that would seek to take control of the Keystone decision, looks like a political non-starter.  To become law it would have to be approved … Read More

Protest Against “Big Oil Corruption”

January 24, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

At noon today, a coalition of environmental groups, including Oil Change International and 350.org will blow the whistle of “Big Oil’s corruption” on Capitol Hill, hours before Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Activists will be gathering at the Capitol dressed in referee uniforms and then heading to our old friends at … Read More

A Road Map to Renewal or Ruin?

January 18, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The oil boys from Houston must be wriggling with delight after President Obama’s official jobs council called for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as more pipelines. “We should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” argued the President’s Council on Jobs … Read More

Keystone XL and Dirty Energy Money

January 11, 2012By Steve KretzmannBlog Post, Separate Oil and State

This morning the Guardian carried a story from Maplight about the influence of oil money over the July vote in the House of Representatives on the Keystone XL pipeline.   It’s a classic story about the influence of campaign money over policy that will surprise few but bears repeating often.  We ran a similar story about … Read More