Groundhog Day at the State Department

Similarities between the State Department’s 2013 and 2011 environmental review docs portend early spring for Keystone XL, and long winter for pipeline opponents Top line points: The Canadian oil sands will be developed regardless of whether Keystone XL is built or not. Keystone XL will have no impact on climate change because Canada’s oil sands […]

Chinese Whispers? Or Cold-Hard Facts?

Oil sands energy will continue to be produced without KXL – it’ll just go to China instead of U.S. In a brief video appearance for The Nation last week, 350.org president Bill McKibben echoed a common theme for anti-Keystone XL activists:   “If Keystone [XL] doesn’t get built, it’s clear that banks and others will […]

Petcoke: Just Another Scapegoat

Anti-fossil fuel group Oil Change International suddenly points to a little known petroleum product as the smoking gun for Keystone XL’s demise. Problem is: experts don’t agree. Top-line facts: The State Dept. didn’t ignore petroleum coke in its environmental analysis of KXL. The Department consciously chose not to include it beyond what was already embedded […]

Do the Math: Keystone XL Will Create Jobs & Revenue for Americans

In contrast to the majority of Americans who have time and time again expressed their support for the Keystone XL pipeline, fossil fuel opponent Bill McKibben of 350.org is taking his latest road show to Washington this week, and dragging his apocalyptic numbers on climate change with him. This particular stop for McKibben’s “Do the […]

A Second Look at the KXL Debate

Following last week’s presidential debate, The Wall Street Journal and its contributors addressed a debate-worthy topic in its own right that they say will undoubtedly remain a focus in this election season: the Keystone XL pipeline. Setting up a little debate of its own, WSJ invited president of the Natural Resources Defense Council Frances Beinecke […]

Once and Future Claims

In the wake of the NTSB Marshall, Mich. investigation, the National Wildlife Federation seized the opportunity to make a sweeping – and inaccurate – case against the transportation of oil sands crudes The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal organization charged with determining the probable causes of transportation accidents, investigated the 2010 Marshall, […]