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Backbeat, the Word is on the Street that Obama May Get Serious on Climate

6/21/2013 // By Mary Price

I know you’ve heard it all before… but now there may be less doubt that Obama  will come clean about his plans to combat climate change. This year could be a make or break year in the fight to combat […] Read more >

Dead vegetation in Lake Conway (flickr/Tar Sands Blockade)

U.S. Department of Justice and Arkansas Attorney General Move to Penalize ExxonMobil

6/19/2013 // By Jim Murphy

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure. And that brings us to the latest chapter of ExxonMobil’s reckless safety record.  In the spirit of curing, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Arkansas […] Read more >

Exxon's "before" & "after" photos of the Pegasus tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, AR

Months After Arkansas Tar Sands Disaster, Exxon Still Silent on Spill Cause

6/6/2013 // By Miles Grant

Here’s today’s update on the Exxon Mobil Pegasus tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas: Exxon still isn’t revealing a cause and the wetlands still aren’t restored. Not much of an update, is it? In the days following the disastrous pipeline […] Read more >

Bill McKibben at the Tar Sands Action Rally (courtesy of 350.org)

Another Big Loss for Tar Sands: British Columbia Rejects Northern Gateway

5/31/2013 // By Miles Grant

In a major victory for conservationists, the British Columbia government has rejected the proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. While the rejection isn’t necessarily the end of the road for the proposal, it puts up a huge new obstacle to […] Read more >

Fall River County Courthouse, Rapid City, SD (Jimmy Emerson/Flickr)

South Dakota Officials Drag Keystone Politics into School Bomb Drill

5/30/2013 // By Miles Grant

Officials in South Dakota’s Hot Springs somehow decided it would be a good idea to insert their personal politics into a disaster drill: While the drill actually commenced at 12:30 p.m., things began early when a bus driver reported a […] Read more >

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 >

Thanks Maine Senators Collins and King for Climate Vote

4/26/2013 // By Carol Oldham

Buried among the hundreds of budget votes that the Senate took were some grains of hope that Congress may get its head out of the sand on confronting climate change. Majorities of senators–including Senators King and Collins–voted to support key […] Read more >

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Northeasterners Fight Back Against Tar Sands Project

4/25/2013 // By Carol Oldham

The tar sands industry — responsible for toxic oil spills across the Midwest and Arkansas — is plotting to bring this dirty fuel straight through New England. They seek to reverse the flow of two existing pipelines in order to ship tar sands oil […] Read more >