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By asking John Podesta to come to the White House as a special counselor at a time of turmoil and tough choices, President Obama has created an unusually close tie to an outspoken critic of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands
Canada's oil from tar sands
would be "stigmatised" by EU regulations labelling it as highly polluting
, the country's natural resources minister said on Tuesday. Joe Oliver also said a new study ranking Canada last among industrialised countries ...
A decision on the proposed northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline--under review since 2008--hinges on a final environmental review by the U.S. State Department now taking into consideration the importance oil-by-rail transport might have on ...
One morning in mid-July, I drove north out of Houston at the crack of dawn, three hours up Highway 59 into the cleaner air and dense, piney woods of deep East Texas. It was Sunday, and I was on my way to church. I’d been up that way ...
"There are human and natural factors acting in the climate system, and understanding all the factors influencing our climate is an ongoing scientific goal. But the current increase in CO2 and its effects on our planet are attributed to human ...
The Keystone XL tar sands
pipeline has become a top priority for environmental groups and some politicians who oppose the project—and not just in America.With tensions over the controversial pipeline reaching fever pitch stateside, ...
President Barack Obama tweeted on Saturday that “we owe it to our kids to do something about climate change.”
The tweet and its accompanying video lay the ground for Obama’s major and long-awaited speech on climate tomorrow at Georgetown ...
As decision day nears on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the environmental movement looks different than it did in 2009—the last time a major climate policy fight took center stage in Washington.
Then, the nation's largest green groups ...
Major international oil companies are buying off governments, according to the world's most prominent climate scientist, Prof James Hansen. During a visit to London, he accused the Canadian government of acting as the industry's tar sands
Britain has given its clearest signal yet that it wants to allow European countries to import carbon-intensive tar sands
oil from Canada.
Leaked papers seen by the Guardian show that in EU negotiations on laws intended to encourage the ...
As the debate over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline continues in the United States, a Canadian trade delegation is insisting that Canadian oil extracted from tar sands
- the product that would be transported by an expanded pipeline - ...
An oil spill that fouled an Arkansas town is raising questions about the U.S. pipeline network and the safety of importing Canadian heavy crude, as President Barack Obama weighs whether to approve the Keystone XL project.
A Venezuelan oil minister once referred to his country's main export as the "devil's excrement." We’ll see how the death of Hugo Chavez affects production levels of this Faustian fuel—which influences both the global oil market and the climate. ...
The European Union's top climate change official said on Thursday that if the Obama administration rejects the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it would send a strong message that the United States is serious about combating climate ...
Canada's urgent hunt for buyers for its oil is being thwarted as the European Commission sticks to a plan to label fuel from tar sands
deposits as highly polluting
, deterring refiners bound by environmental rules.
Intense pressure from ...
Ever wonder about the future of energy? Will it be wind? Solar? Geothermal? No wait, I got it, tar sands
! (Let’s try that again - tar sands
!) They`ve got everything oil does, but they’re harder to get, crappier when you get them, and leave a much ...
An innocent observer could be forgiven for thinking that the United Nations climate talks, now hotting up in the Qatar capital of Doha, would be the focus of the international fight to combat global warming. But the innocent observer would be ...
More than 3,000 people marched around the White House today, calling on the Obama Administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands
pipeline and keep tar sands
crude out of the U.S. The event, organized by 350.org, Sierra Club and other ...
What's the big deal about the tar sands
? Canadian photographer Garth Lenz presents the local environmental and social concerns presented by the tar sands
in a concise, impassioned speech in a TEDx talk in Victoria, Canada.The tar sands
An EU vote on Thursday on a draft law to label fuel from tar sands
as highly polluting
is likely to produce a stalemate, EU sources said, marking a draw in a long lobbying tussle between oil giant Canada and environmentalists.
The European Union failed to label oil produced from tar sands
as highly polluting
on Thursday, with a key vote by member states ending in deadlock.
The issue is seen as a key test of the EU's ability to implement its climate change ...
A fierce battle over whether the European Union will officially label oil produced from tar sands
as highly polluting
comes to a head on Thursday with a crucial vote.
The issue is seen as a key test of the EU's ability to implement its ...
It's shaping up to be a crucial week in climate politics.
At the centre stands the EU, cast, in this guise, as climate champion - determined to take a small step towards charging airlines for the full environmental costs of flying, and ...
Canada has threatened a trade war with European Union over the bloc's plan to label oil from Alberta's vast tar sands
as highly polluting
, the Guardian can reveal, before a key vote in Brussels on 23 February.
"Canada will not hesitate ...
Eight Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu have written to the prime minister to argue that oil derived from Canadian tar sands
"threatens the health of the planet" and that the UK should support European moves to classify the ...