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Enviro News Wrap: Rushing the Tar Sands Pipeline; Raining Mercury; Spilling Oil; Melting Ice, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: In the spending bill that just passed the US Congress, the Republicans forced in a rider that sets a deadline of 60 days for Obama to make a decision about the Tar Sands XL pipeline. If Obama approves the pipeline it will be without a full environmental review…

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A decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline to Texas

Breaking News: Obama Administration to Delay Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department will delay until after the 2012 election the decision on whether to allow the controversial Keystone XL pipeline intended to route oil produced from the Alberta Tar Sands south to refineries in Texas. A decision on the pipeline had been expected by the end of the year. Until recently the general assumption was that the Keystone pipeline…

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The Tar Sands of Alberta represents one of the most environmentally devastating forms of oil extraction ever devised.

Protests Over Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Enter Third Day in DC

In a third consecutive day of sit-in protests in front of the White House, 65 demonstrators were taken into custody on Monday morning following two days of arrests stemming from organized grassroots resistance against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a nearly 2000 mile line from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada south to Texas. The constitutionally protected civil…

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