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Tar Sands Coming Soon, to a Pump Near You?
by Jenny Rushlow

Today the US State Department announced in its final supplemental environmental impact statement that the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would pump 830,000 barrels/day of high-carbon, dirty oil from Canada to the United States, would have a negligible impact on climate change. Seriously? Well, that’s what the document concludes. Though the State Department acknowledges that the…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Bridge to Nowhere?
by Sandy Levine

It is important to build bridges, but we need to make sure they get us where we need to go. The proposed expansion of the Vermont Gas pipeline may be more a minefield than a bridge, as one recent Vermont weekly  and one recent national energy blog reported. The project will cut through valuable wetlands…

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Tar Sands Oil Seen As Bad News All Around
by Sandy Levine

Vermont has a key role to play in keeping tar sands oil where it belongs — in the ground. The increasingly imminent proposal to move tar sands oil from Canada through an existing pipeline in the Northeast Kingdom brings this issue very close to home. At town meetings across the state earlier this month, 29…

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Forward on Climate Rally: We’re Strong Together
by Jessica Mardo

The National Mall was quiet when I stepped off the 350 Massachusetts bus last Sunday. As the sun rose over the Washington Monument and I was tasked with finding breakfast for eleven of my very hungry peers from Stonehill College, I could not help but feel excited and energized for the day ahead. This was…

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“Forward on Climate” Movement, Fully Ready, Leaves Station
by John Kassel

“People get ready, there’s a train a-comin’.”  Curtis Mayfield. Before 50,000 committed supporters, from many states and nations and braving frigid wind-chill temps, Bill McKibben announced on Sunday that all of the work he has done for the last 25 years has been in hopeful anticipation of that moment. The moment when the Climate Movement…

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The Pursuit of Clean, Renewable Energy: The “North Atlantic” Right Way
by Tricia Jedele

Yesterday, the North Atlantic right whale was only an historical symbol of one consequence associated with the relentless and unsustainable pursuit of energy.  Today, it is also a new symbol of renewable energy done the right way.  The agreement CLF is announcing today reflects support for the pursuit of renewable energy and also demonstrates that…

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Doing The Math, Boston style
by Seth Kaplan

The unique combination of lecture, rally, music show and secular revival known as the 350.org Do The Math tour came to Boston last night. As has been documented in coverage of earlier stops in the tour this is a very special event that brings together vibrant music, powerful information and an energizing call to action.…

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When a Fact Check Goes Wrong and Misses the (Clean Energy) Point
by Seth Kaplan

The rise of dedicated public fact checking services like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post Fact Checker has been a generally good thing. However, these services can go astray when they decide that a statement which would be improved with clarification is “false” – a practice that weakens the “false” label when it is applied to an outright falsehood.

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Clean Energy: A Key Ingredient in the Recipe for a Thriving New England Economy
by Seth Kaplan

An incisive and clear essay by Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), published on the Commonwealth Magazine website makes powerful and accurate points about the benefits of clean energy to the regional economy.  His analysis and arguments are deeply consistent with the points that CLF’s Jonathan Peress made in a…