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No Deal Can Make up For Keystone XL 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three days ago, President Obama pulled out his veto pen to derail the latest attempt by Big Oil's members of Congress to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, there's been a lot of chatter among pundits about what the veto means for the environmental movement, what it means for the president politically, and what it means for Big Oil's bottom line. That kind of chatter is more often than not just noise -- and this time is no exception. So let's cut through that, and look at the facts. The president's veto is a big deal, and a powerful victory for our movement. Few imagined this kind of win even just a few years ago, when D.C. insiders predicted Keystone XL would be approved by the end of 2011. But the veto is just step one. Now, President Obama needs to move forward and reject Keystone XL once and for all. Pipeline opponents will be working even harder in this home stretch to make sure the president follows through and issues a real rejection. Yet, as we get down to work, the chattering ...
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LCV Releases 2014 National Environmental Scorecard 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The American public's growing concern about climate change in 2014 stands in stark contrast to the anti-environment agenda and votes of the U.S. House of Representatives, as detailed in this year's National Environmental Scorecard . Fortunately, the House's breathtaking attacks on our air, water, lands, and wildlife were blocked by our allies in the U.S. Senate, who grew even more vocal this year about the urgency of addressing climate change. We were also thrilled by the progress made by President Barack Obama, who continued using his executive authority to build on his historic record on climate change and other environmental priorities. Again this year, the impacts of climate change broke records, further motivating the American people to call for climate action. 2014 registered as the hottest year on earth since record-keeping began in 1880, punctuating a trend that includes 14 of the 15 hottest years recorded this century. This warming is just one of the many impacts of dangerous carbon ...
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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, But Fight over Climate-Threatening Oil Pipeline Isn't Over 25.2.2015 Democracy Now!
President Obama has vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. The White House says the move is not a judgment on the pipeline's merits, but a bid to see through a State Department review that will determine whether the project is in the national interest. Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have warned against further development of the tar sands oil fields in Canada. In 2011, NASA climate scientist James Hansen said approval of the Keystone XL pipeline would be "game over" for the Earth's climate. May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, said: "After four years of rallies, marches, sit-ins, and civil disobedience, we're thrilled to see President Obama take an important first step by vetoing this love letter to Big Oil. ... Now, it's time for the president to show he's serious about his climate legacy by moving on to step two: rejecting this pipeline once and for all." We discuss the politics of the pipeline with Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate ...
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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill 25.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his ...
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Take Action: Thank President Obama for Vetoing Keystone XL 25.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Take Action: Thank President Obama for Vetoing Keystone XL
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KXL: The End Game Begins 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Surprising nobody, President Obama has quietly followed through on his promise to veto the bill from Congress that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It's only the third veto of his presidency, and it means the way is now clear for the president to make a final decision about whether Keystone XL and the toxic tar-sands oil it would pump across America's heartland are in the national interest. Why did Congress force the president to waste perfectly good ink reasserting his authority to make this decision? Certainly not because they were looking out for the best interests of the American people, who would be accepting all the many risks associated with Keystone without seeing any appreciable benefits. The more people learn about the project, the more they think it's a bad idea. A poll just released by the League of Conservation Voters found that after hearing arguments both for and against the pipeline, a majority of voters believe President Obama should reject it. What's more, ...
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KXL: The End Game Begins 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Surprising nobody, President Obama has quietly followed through on his promise to veto the bill from Congress that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It's only the third veto of his presidency, and it means the way is now clear for the president to make a final decision about whether Keystone XL and the toxic tar-sands oil it would pump across America's heartland are in the national interest. Why did Congress force the president to waste perfectly good ink reasserting his authority to make this decision? Certainly not because they were looking out for the best interests of the American people, who would be accepting all the many risks associated with Keystone without seeing any appreciable benefits. The more people learn about the project, the more they think it's a bad idea. A poll just released by the League of Conservation Voters found that after hearing arguments both for and against the pipeline, a majority of voters believe President Obama should reject it. What's more, ...
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Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Veto - Right Decision at the Right Time 25.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.: Today President Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The president has our heartfelt thanks for showing his leadership and making the right decision to veto this misguided bill. We don't need Congress...
350 Responds to President Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Bill 25.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, Ultimate Rejection Could Come Soon 25.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP 25.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
President Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president confronts the Republican-led Congress.
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New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report 18.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released Tuesday from a panel of scientific experts. In its 2015 report , the New York City Panel on Climate Change found that the most populous city in the United States is expected to see more frequent heat waves and extreme precipitation events. This is in line with the national and international trends other leading scientific bodies have observed. The city's average annual temperatures, measured from Central Park, have risen about 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900. From 1971 to 2000, the average annual temperature in the city was 54 degrees, and models predict a a 4.1- to 5.7-degree increase by the middle of the century. Temperatures are projected to rise 5.3 to 8.8 degrees Fahrenheit by the 2080s. Sea level rise, however, may pose an even greater challenge for coastal New York. Average sea levels have risen about 1.2 inches per decade in ...
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President Obama Proposes Important Investments in International Climate Action 12.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Washington, DC: President Obama's budget request includes critical investments in international climate action. The budget includes continued investments in the earlier mechanisms for supporting action to help developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. And, for...
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A Time to Veto 12.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama is poised to reject legislation meant to force the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in what would be his third veto since taking office six years ago. Pipeline proponents, naturally, are howling. Obama, though, is exercising his veto authority under the Constitution in precisely the way our founders intended: as a check on Congressional overreach at odds with the good of the country. The president is the only public official elected to represent all the American people. That confers upon the president, uniquely, an obligation to act on behalf of the entire country, not simply a collection of congressional districts or states, in a way that reflects the common will and advances the national interest. The Constitution enshrines the presidential veto as a vital tool for fulfilling that role, and leaders throughout our history have found it essential. Presidents stretching back to George Washington have used the veto 2,563 times to reject legislation passed by both houses of ...
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A Time to Veto 12.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama is poised to reject legislation meant to force the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in what would be his third veto since taking office six years ago. Pipeline proponents, naturally, are howling. Obama, though, is exercising his veto authority under the Constitution in precisely the way our founders intended: as a check on Congressional overreach at odds with the good of the country. The president is the only public official elected to represent all the American people. That confers upon the president, uniquely, an obligation to act on behalf of the entire country, not simply a collection of congressional districts or states, in a way that reflects the common will and advances the national interest. The Constitution enshrines the presidential veto as a vital tool for fulfilling that role, and leaders throughout our history have found it essential. Presidents stretching back to George Washington have used the veto 2,563 times to reject legislation passed by both houses of ...
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Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto 12.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the ...
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States Brace For Flood Of Requests For Deportation Relief 12.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. This story was updated to correct the title of Robert Moser, deputy director of Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego. ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – In a county 100 miles from the Mexican border where unauthorized immigrants are a tenth of the population, people like Oswaldo Farias’ parents never know if or when they will be deported. “It’s a constant fear,” said Farias, 22, who was born in Costa Mesa, California, but whose parents are Mexican immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally. His parents are among the many undocumented immigrants in Orange County who raised their children in the U.S. while working as landscapers, nannies or in other service jobs in the affluent oceanfront suburbs south of Los Angeles. “I think everyone in our community, whether you’re documented or not, knows of at least one person a year ...
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Scientists and Economists Call on Obama and Kerry to Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline 12.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Scientists and economists call on Obama and Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline 11.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Skene, Ford Fellow, International Program, Washington, D.C.: Earlier today, ninety-five scientists and economists released a letter urging President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, calling it a "step in the wrong direction" if the Obama administration is serious about addressing climate...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: EPA Gives President Obama Cover to Reject Keystone XL, and More 10.2.2015 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: According to the EPA, the tar sands oil that will flow through the Keystone XL pipeline presents a huge risk to our nation and our environment; Facebook knows what you look like; a toxic algae bloom in California has killed at least three dogs, and it doesn't spell good news for the future; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. The Environmental Protection Agency does a lot to keep us all safe from pollution. But, one of their recent actions may go down in history as more important than the rest. Last week, the EPA delivered a letter to the State Department, and with it, that agency gave our President the cover to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. According to Cynthia Giles, the top enforcement official at the EPA, the tar sands oil that will flow through that pipeline presents a huge risk to our nation and our environment. Miss Giles explained that these risks include a "significant ...
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