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Environmental groups to Obama: Any deal to approve Keystone XL would be a bitter betrayal

Amid rumors that the Obama administration might try to cut an emissions deal with Canada in order to justify approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, leaders from 25 U.S. environmental groups -- backed by millions of members and at least 75,000 individuals willing to engage incivil disobedience -- warned the president on Tuesday that such a deal would be considered nothing less than a bitter betrayal.

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Direct action on Line 9: Moving beyond Keystone and Northern Gateway

On the morning of June 20, 2013, a group of people walked onto the Canadian energy corporation Enbridge's North Westover pumping station and occupied the facility. They called this blockade "Swamp Line 9". The facility is part of what is called Line 9, a pipeline that moves oil west towards Sarnia and the refining facilities there. However, the industry has been engaged in an effort to slowly gain regulatory approval to reverse the pipeline, allowing it to carry tar sands oil east for refining or to the Atlantic coast for export.

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The trouble with Obama's plan for the climate crisis: Too much fracking, too little urgency

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Environmentalists warn that President Obama's 'climate plan' -- announced Tuesday in a speech at Georgetown University -- does not contain the urgency required by the fast-spiraling crisis of global warming and climate change and that though some aspects were welcome, the overall approach falls well short of what's needed.

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Discussion on Keystone XL heats up after Obama climate speech

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are hoping Tuesday's speech signals a rejection of the pipeline. (Photo: TreeHugger.com)

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Environmental groups turn up the heat against Keystone XL pipeline

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Green groups have mounted an aggressive attack against TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by filing a lawsuit in federal court Monday accusing the State Department and their latest Keystone XL Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of being "plagued by conflicts of interest."

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Exposing the 'environment vs. jobs' talking point: Workers join the fight against Keystone XL

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As President Obama weighs whether to give the Keystone XL pipeline his approval, climate scientists have warned that the volume of greenhouse gases released by the pipeline could push the planet over a climate tipping point.

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Harper faces protest in New York City over Canada's dismal climate policies and Keystone XL

Stephen Harper visited New York City to give a speech pushing for the United States to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. The climate action group 350.org organized a protest outside Harper's event, issuing the following statement. 

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.

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Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL can be stopped, and there are sensible alternatives to tar sands

A tar sands tailings pond in Alberta. (Photo: NWFblogs/ Flickr)

Today 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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