The Final Decision on Keystone XL

By: Friday April 4, 2014 6:51 am

President Obama is expected to make his final decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline in the coming weeks. Activists have fought hard for years to stop Big Oil from building this pipeline, which would pump tar sands oil from Canada across the US and to ports in the Gulf of [...]

You Don’t Threaten to Destroy the Entire Economy Over a Pipeline

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 8:23 am

It is time for Republicans to simply stop embarrassing themselves with this nonsense. They are now thinking about threatening not to raise the debt limit unless they get some modest demands. From the Washington Post: Several House members told The Washington Post on Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies [...]

More Signs Obama Will Likely Approve Keystone XL

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 12:18 pm

There has been a slow steady drip of indicators that President Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently there was Obama’s statements at a fundraiser and Biden claiming that he is “in the minority” in the administration who opposes the pipeline. Now the Huffington Post is reporting that Obama campaign spin-off Organizing for Action [...]

Obama’s Misguided Long Term Priorities

By: Friday April 5, 2013 9:14 am

The Obama administration hasn’t officially decided what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline yet but recent statements made at a fundraising indicate the President is leaning towards approving it. From the New York Times: Mr. Obama appears to be leaning toward the approval of the pipeline, although he did not specifically mention it to [...]

#NOKXL: What Wood County Officials Are Saying About the Tar Sands Blockade

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 11:57 am

It’s day 25 of the Tar Sands blockade in east Texas, and activists show no sign of slowing down in the face of increasingly aggressive behavior by off-duty cops working as private security for TransCanada. Firedoglake activists mobilized to call Wood County officials this week in opposition to TransCanada security’s bullying tactics. Our activists reported [...]

Sign the Petition: Tell TransCanada to Stop Brutalizing Keystone XL Blockaders

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 9:30 am

Demand TransCanada Denounce the Abuse of Keystone XL Protesters Two brave activists named Benjamin Franklin and Shannon Bebe chained themselves to heavy machinery to delay construction on the toxic Keystone XL pipeline. Police were initially respectful towards them, but when a TransCanada supervisor named “John” arrived on the scene and asked to privately huddle with [...]

TransCanada Urges Texas Police to Use “Aggressive Pain Compliance Tactics” on Keystone XL Blockaders

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 1:23 pm

We are working with the Tarsands Blockade on an appropriate response to the outrageous behavior of TransCanada. In the mean time, if you’d like to donate to the supply fund, we will be working with the group to send them supplies as they need them.

Van Jones AWOL at Tarsands Action Once Again, But Calls for Mass Civil Unrest if Obama Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 10:10 am

I was as at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying us to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, hauled off in paddy wagons and sent to jail with zero media attention that first day had now swelled to a crowd of over 12,000 that the media could not ignore.

Huge Crowd Circles White House to Protest XL Pipeline

By: Sunday November 6, 2011 2:19 pm

Today I was down by the White House to witness the massive protest against the new Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada down to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands showed up to cover the multiple city blocks it takes to fully circle the White House. The protesters [...]