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Peter LaFontaine was NWF’s Energy Policy Advocate, focused on stopping the development of dirty fuels like tar sands and coal. Growing up in New Hampshire and spending summers hiking in the Southwest gave him a deep appreciation for wildlife and wilderness, which he hopes to preserve for generations to come.
The endangered Whooping Crane is one of many iconic species at risk from tar sands development. (Photo: flickr.com/Naturesfan1226)

Keystone XL Loses Ground in Congress

5/23/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

The Keystone XL pipeline took a hit yesterday as support for the polluting megaproject dwindles on Capitol Hill. Read more >

Photo: Emma Cassidy/tarsandsaction

Congress Whacks the Keystone XL Piñata Again

5/20/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Rep. Lee Terry has taken dirty energy politics to a new low with his bill to force construction of the tar sands megaproject. Find out how you can help. Read more >

Mt. Wonalancet, NH, not far from the route of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline (photo: Chris Schoenboem)

New Englanders Invade DC to Stay Tar Sands Free

5/8/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

An intrepid crew from Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire visited our nation’s capitol to press for action on the tar sands threat to New England. Will their message stick? Read more >

Photo by rcbodden/flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcbodden/3936825397/

BREAKING: Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Accident in Minnesota

4/24/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Will the company’s latest pipeline accident imperil its chances for a massive expansion in the Great Lakes? Read more >

It's hard to ignore 50,000 protesters in your front yard -- and dozens of members of Congress paid attention (Photo: 350.org)

Congress Joins the Chorus of Boos Against Keystone XL

4/24/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Momentum against the dirty project continues, as dozens of members of Congress urge the US State Department to fix its flawed analysis. Read more >

A blue heron covered in tar sands oil from the Kalamazoo River pipeline disaster (Photo: Michigan DEQ)

EPA Slams Keystone XL Review

4/23/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Could the momentum be shifting against the tar sands megaproject? The big news out of Washington seems to say “yes.” Read more >

Endangered Whooping Cranes - like this adult with its chick - are one of many species threatened by tar sands pipelines. (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Big Oil vs. Big Birds – Who Will Win?

4/17/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

On Thursday, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be front and center in Grand Island, Nebraska, when the US State Department holds its lone public hearing on the immensely controversial project. The location couldn’t be more emblematic of what’s […] Read more >

Companies like Suncor need coastal access in order to grow their operations -- and they're banking on KXL to get them there. (Photo: Suncor)

Keystone XL – The Linchpin for Future Tar Sands Growth

3/19/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

The tar sands industry knows that KXL is their best hope for a dramatic expansion. Hear it in their own words. Read more >

(Photo: Louis Vest)

Keystone XL: Exports, Not Energy Security

3/11/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

Oil industry executives and Canadian politicians agree — Keystone XL is designed to export oil out of North America. So why isn’t anyone on this side of the border paying attention? Read more >

Tar sands refining complex in Alberta, Canada (Photo: Kris Krug)

Keystone XL Review Fails the Climate Test

3/1/2013 // By Peter LaFontaine

The US State Department takes a huge step backward on the controversial project, leaving President Obama as our last, best hope for confronting the climate crisis. Read more >