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Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

It’s Past Time for Strong Tar Sands Safety Regulations

5/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On May 6, the federal agency responsible for protecting the public from pipeline oil spills quietly issued a notice intended to give a nudge for pipeline operators to do a better job.  The notice is sobering for two reasons. First, […] Read more >

Moose

A Growing Chorus to Protect Wildlife from Tar Sands in New England

4/25/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The chorus of concern in New England over a likely tar sands pipeline project that would be devastating for wildlife just keeps getting louder.  On April 18, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte joined the rest of the New Hampshire congressional delegation […] Read more >

Duck coated in Exxon Pegasus tar sands oil in Mayflower, AR, April 2013 (Photo: Lauren Ray)

One Year After Mayflower, Time to Say ‘No’ to Dangerous Pipelines

3/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On March 17, a damaged pipeline in southwest Ohio leaked 20,000 gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve. As if the oil itself hadn’t hurt enough small animals and wrecked enough habitat, crews had to build a new road […] Read more >

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jane Becker.

President Now Has Information Needed to Deny Keystone XL

1/31/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Today, the State Department released its long awaited environmental review of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline.  The State Department’s report for the first time acknowledges that the Keystone XL pipeline has significant climate impacts, and could cause […] Read more >

The Need to Get It Right on Climate Change

1/29/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Call me an optimist.  Despite dire warnings about the future of our winters (or lack thereof), I have spent the last couple years teaching my young children to ski—a joy that has made winters a time to relish, not dread.  […] Read more >

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Tar Sands Exposed Tour Shows Human, Environmental Cost of Dirty Fuel

1/28/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The contrast of images is stark, startling.  Scenes of majestic beauty untouched by the hands of people and scraped earth scraped made toxic and lifeless.  Images of the earth’s bounty; images of greed. Such are the images and stories of […] Read more >

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Dirty Business: Congress Seeks To Export U.S. Fossil Fuels and Carbon Pollution

1/24/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In another shameless attempt to undermine sound climate policy and keep the pedal to the metal on dirty fuel production, House Congressional members snuck a provision into the Omnibus Appropriations Bill to halt sensible policies that virtually eliminate U.S. financing […] Read more >

(Photo credit: Vivian Stockman)

Federal Government Investigates West Virginia’s “Lawless” Regulation of Coal Mining

1/16/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Charleston, West Virginia’s largest city and capital, has just begun to reopen after a coal processing chemical storage facility spilled into the Elk River, rendering the city’s water unusable for 300,000 people. While the spill was not a direct result […] Read more >

An oil transport train travels through Bad Rock Canyon, Montana, just west of Columbia Falls. Flickr photo by Roy Luck.

Don’t Accept False Choices, the Right Choice is Denying Keystone XL

1/9/2014 // By Jim Murphy

The recent collision and explosion of oil rail cars in North Dakota followed by the evacuation and fire aboard on oil train in New Brunswick, have again highlighted the extreme dangers of transporting oil. These accidents are just a few […] Read more >

Tar Sands protesters via Rainforest Action Network/Flickr

Canadian Bullying Should Make Saying No To Keystone XL Easy for Obama

11/14/2013 // By Jim Murphy

I have a wee confession. Despite my deep concern about climate change and the state of the world, when my Sunday New York Times arrives on my doorstep (and, yes, I still prefer real newspapers, not glowing computer screens, especially […] Read more >