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An old oil pipeline in Winnipeg near the  Assiniboine River. Flickr photo by Joel Penner.

Industry Giveaway Bill Seeks to Gut Public Review of Dangerous Pipeline Projects

10/28/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Now that Congress is done shuttering our National Parks and needlessly putting the world economy at risk, it’s time for them to turn to another of their favorite pastimes – trying to deny citizens the right to participate in reviewing […] Read more >

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What’s the Condition of the Pipeline Beneath the Straits of Mackinac: VIDEO

10/11/2013 // By Beth Wallace

This past July, NWF conducted a diving expedition to obtain footage of aging oil pipelines strung across one of the most sensitive locations in the Great Lakes, and possibly the world: the Straits of Mackinac. Footage of these pipelines has […] Read more >

Workers installing rooftop solar panels. US National Forest Service photo by Alex Snyder.

Latest Climate Report Confirms We Have a Climate Problem — Do You Give a Care?

10/9/2013 // By Felice Stadler

If you are still sitting on the fence about whether we contribute to climate change, perhaps the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will help clear things up. Here’s what the IPCC’s headlines say: The Climate […] Read more >

Don’t Be Fooled: Tar Sands Climate Impacts Can’t Be Dealt Away

9/26/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Now that it’s become clear that the Keystone XL pipeline is a climate disaster, the Harper Government in Canada is seeking to strike a deal.  Essentially, it appears that Harper wants President Obama to approve Keystone XL – a carbon […] Read more >

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Five Years is More than Enough Time to Reject a Polluting Pipeline

9/19/2013 // By Jim Murphy

It’s been five years since the Keystone XL was proposed and the oil industry thinks that is somehow a justification to approve it.  But bad ideas generally get worse with age, and KXL is no exception.  With floods in Colorado […] Read more >

Alberta places wildlife at further risk with tar sands wetlands exemption

9/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The continuing wildlife crisis in Canada’s boreal forest just got worst as the Alberta government, after 8 years of delays, released a wetlands policy that gives 195 destructive tar sands mining and drilling projects a pass on having to comply […] Read more >

Sandhill crane and chick (also called a "colt"). Photo by Lauri Griffin. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.

Interior Dept.: “Permanent Impacts to Wildlife” If Keystone XL Built

8/18/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The bad news continues to pile up for the ill-conceived Keystone XL pipeline.  In the wake of a third comment letter from the Environmental Protection Agency finding the State Department’s review of the boondoggle pipeline inadequate, critical comments from another […] Read more >

New Revelations from Arkansas Spill Highlight Need for Stricter Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Standards

8/15/2013 // By Jim Murphy

A recent article by Inside Climate News underscores the fact that existing regulations are not protecting us from the new and severe threats of tar sands pipelines.  The article highlights the maintenance and monitoring breakdowns that led to the major tar […] Read more >

Attorneys General Letter Shows Case For Keystone XL Is Crumbling

8/14/2013 // By Miles Grant

It’s been a cruel summer for supporters of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. First, President Obama pledged to connect his decision on Keystone XL to its climate-disrupting carbon pollution, making rejection a must. Then, the State Department’s already-controversial environmental […] Read more >

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Starved Polar Bear: Too Shocking for Words

8/9/2013 // By Felice Stadler

About 10 years ago, when I worked on a mercury pollution campaign, an industry representative challenged me and a toxicologist on whether mercury in fish is really that bad. In response, my colleague shot back: “if we had body bags […] Read more >