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DeSmogBlog: Latest Pro-Keystone XL Website Backed by GOP Special Interest Group

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This morning, the latest in pro-tar sands spin went live. KeystoneXLNow.com takes aim at President Obama for failing to approve the Keystone XL project (even though the White House just announced approval of the southern leg today), calling it "an affront to millions of Americans out of work and an outrage to millions more who are paying higher energy costs as a result of this administration's policies."

KeystoneXLNow.com invites users to send a message directly to the State Department to counterbalance "the crazy lefties [who] are already pouring in comments to give Obama an

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DeSmogBlog: Unethicull Oil: What Alberta’s Wolf Cull Plan Tells Us About Canada’s Oil Addiction

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DeSmog recently sent a team to the tar sands region of Alberta to investigate the proposed government plan to systematically kill off the province’s wild wolf population in a supposed effort to recover dwindling caribou herds. The proposed cull has been widely criticized internationally for placing the interests of industry above the interests of the public and the public’s stake in the responsible management of Alberta’s resources, environment and wildlife.

Along our journey we discovered the proposed wolf cull bears a striking resemblance to another ploy designed to protect the interests of the oil and gas industry: the

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Unethicull Oil: What Alberta’s Wolf Cull Plan Tells Us About Canada’s Oil Addiction

DeSmogBlog: Friends with Benefits: The Harper Government, EthicalOil.org and Sun Media Connection

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Just over a week before the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings began, EthicalOil.org and its allies launched a pre-emptive PR offensive on environmental and First Nations groups who oppose the pipeline. Their new website, OurDecision.ca, and ad campaign are an attempt to invalidate opposition to the pipeline by pointing to the small amount of American funding going to some environmental groups, and claiming that pipeline opponents are actually the “puppets” of “foreign interests.”

Sun News was first to promote the campaign, and by the end of the week, numerous papers across Canada were repeating the story.

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Friends with Benefits: The Harper Government, EthicalOil.org and Sun Media Connection

DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

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As the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel begins hearing over 4,000 comments submitted by community members, First Nations, governments, and environmental groups, the tar sands front group EthicalOil.org has launched its latest PR offensive in support of the pipeline. OurDecision.ca, the new astroturf ad campaign, is another dirty PR attempt to undermine the real and growing grassroots opposition to Big Oil’s plans to ram through this destructive pipeline. 

The controversial Northern Gateway project is opposed by 70 First Nations and a majority of British Columbians, who fear the inevitable oil

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

DeSmogBlog: Oil Industry Co-Opts Occupy Movement to Sell the Keystone XL Pipeline

99percent.jpg The AFL-CIO's America's Building Trades Unions and Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee are attempting to co-opt the Occupy movement with a new initiative… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil Industry Co-Opts Occupy Movement to Sell the Keystone XL Pipeline

DeSmogBlog: Why Ethical Oil’s Deceptive ‘Women’s Rights’ Defense of Tar Sands is Insulting and Wrong

ethicaloil.org_.jpg EthicalOil.org’s new spokesperson, Kathryn Marshall, authored an insulting piece this week on the Huffington Post titled "Care About Women's Rights? Support Eth… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Why Ethical Oil’s Deceptive ‘Women’s Rights’ Defense of Tar Sands is Insulting and Wrong

DeSmogBlog: Canadian Corporation Behind Efforts to Shut Down Occupy Wall Street Has Ties to Big Oil

OWS.jpg Occupy Wall Street is about challenging the power of the richest 1%. But what happens when that 1% owns the land of the occupation? It has been revealed that a Canadian company was behind… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Canadian Corporation Behind Efforts to Shut Down Occupy Wall Street Has Ties to Big Oil

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘Ethical Oil’ Ads

oprah.jpg Dear Oprah, I just don't know where to begin.  I can't find my words because I respect you so much. You're a woman pioneer who has done much to advance the st… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘Ethical Oil’ Ads

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Infographic Shows how Keystone Pipelines are ‘Built to Spill’

r-KEYSTONE1-mediumvariable.jpg TransCanada claims their pipelines are the safest in the continent. And the State Department seems inclined to agree having released their Final Environmental Impac… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Infographic Shows how Keystone Pipelines are ‘Built to Spill’

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: State Department Calls Keystone XL Environmental Impact "Limited," Ignoring Evidence

stop-tar-sands.jpg The State Department just released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The 27-page document does not flag any significant en… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: State Department Calls Keystone XL Environmental Impact "Limited," Ignoring Evidence

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Permit to Pollute: Dodging New Law, Agency Approves Alberta Coal Plant

coal.jpg In Alberta, coal was first mined near Edmonton as early as 1850, and commercial coal operations took off in 1874. After the coal rush where hundreds of mines popped up across the pr… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Permit to Pollute: Dodging New Law, Agency Approves Alberta Coal Plant

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Could News Corp. Double Agent Neil Wallis Be Behind Climategate Hacking?

Olbermann-Murdoch.jpg As if this week’s Rupert Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal wasn’t enough, it now appears that the University of East Anglia CRU email hacking scandal (a.k.a. Climategate) might … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Could News Corp. Double Agent Neil Wallis Be Behind Climategate Hacking?

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Creator of the Valdez Catastrophe, ExxonMobil, Tries to Downplay Yellowstone Spill

03oil2-articleInline.jpg The ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana ruptured late Friday night, leaking 1,000 barrels of oil into the river. ExxonMobil … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Creator of the Valdez Catastrophe, ExxonMobil, Tries to Downplay Yellowstone Spill

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Causes Cancer: Government & Industry Collude to Keep Asbestos Off UN Hazardous Chemical List

asbestos-bangladesh.jpg Last week, the Canadian government successfully and unilaterally stonewalled efforts to list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical at a United Nations conference in … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Causes Cancer: Government & Industry Collude to Keep Asbestos Off UN Hazardous Chemical List

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EPA Again Faults State Department Keystone XL Assessment as "Insufficient"

keystone_img_2801.jpg The controversial Keystone XL project proposed by Canadian dirty oil giant TransCanada was dealt a potentially devastating blow on its quest for federal approval after … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EPA Again Faults State Department Keystone XL Assessment as "Insufficient"

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: TransCanada Keystone I Pipeline Shut Down Indefinitely Due to Safety Concerns

tar-sands-pipeline-state-dept-sued.jpg Following a string of oil spills, TransCanada’s Keystone I tar sands oil pipeline has been indefinitely shut down, and banned from restarting operations. To… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: TransCanada Keystone I Pipeline Shut Down Indefinitely Due to Safety Concerns

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tar Sands Industry Has Its Eyes On Vancouver For Asian Export Terminal

saudi-oil-supertanker.jpeg In recent months, opposition to Enbrige’s Northern Gateway Pipeline has mounted as citizens, environmental groups and First Nations groups have protested the … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tar Sands Industry Has Its Eyes On Vancouver For Asian Export Terminal