Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

November 12, 2018 by  
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In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment . Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State Department takes a harder look at the impact the pipeline will have on oil prices, the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, potential oil spills and cultural resources. Related: The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought Under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, there is an obligation to protect the environment. Under the Obama administration, the State Department denied a permit to build the pipeline because of the environmental effects. But President Trump shifted the policy when he took office and invited TransCanada to re-submit its permit application just four days after he was sworn in. Then, in March 2017, the POTUS signed an executive order supporting the Keystone Pipeline’s construction. Judge Morris wrote in his decision that the president did not give a reasoned explanation or a fact-based determination for the course reversal. According to NPR , there has been a lot of backlash from environmentalists and indigenous peoples since the pipeline’s conception in 2008 because of the possible environmental impact and violations of historic treaties. “Today’s ruling is a decisive moment in our fight against the corporate polluters who have rushed to destroy our planet,” said Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth. “Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they cannot bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities.” If the Keystone Pipeline does become a reality, it will run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Canada, and it will transport about 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Via NPR Image via Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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Is this how Monsanto can rehabilitate its image?

October 25, 2016 by  
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The only way to sequester carbon is through plants, the controversial seed giant says of curbing the environmental impact of farming.

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

March 12, 2015 by  
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At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, Australia’s island state Tasmania confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years—until 2020. The island state south of mainland Australia is renowned for its natural beauty and premium food products and, in a desire to protect its natural resources, extended the ban that prevents the controversial extraction technique – for now. Read the rest of Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , australian greens , Australian Greens Party , Dairy Australia , fracking , hydraulic fracturing , tasmania , Tasmania bans fracking , Tasmania fracking ban , Tasmania fracking moratorium , Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers’ Association , Wine Tasmania Petratherm

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Gorgeous patchwork of wooden louvers visually transforms this home interior in Vietnam

March 12, 2015 by  
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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now

November 19, 2014 by  
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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate . Read the rest of Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental politics , environmental vote , keystone pipeline , Keystone pipeline senate vote , Keystone pipeline vote , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone senate vote , Keystone vote , keystone xl , transcanada pipeline , US Canada pipeline , US Senate

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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now

November 19, 2014 by  
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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate . Read the rest of Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline – For Now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental politics , environmental vote , keystone pipeline , Keystone pipeline senate vote , Keystone pipeline vote , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone senate vote , Keystone vote , keystone xl , transcanada pipeline , US Canada pipeline , US Senate

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Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

October 2, 2014 by  
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Many of our readers may know Foxconn as the controversial manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone , but the company may soon be known as something else – a car manufacturer. Foxconn has announced plans to build an electric car that would undercut its competitors with a price tag around $15,000. Foxconn is investing $811 million in a new car manufacturing facility in China’s Shanxi province. Read the rest of Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 electric vehicle , 15 , apple iphone , battery , car manufacturing , chinese ev , controversial Foxconn manufacturer , electric car , electric motor , foxconn , Foxconn electric car , Foxconn manufacturer , green car , green transportation , iPhone manufacturer , tesla

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Asia Pulp & Paper commits to end Indonesian rainforest destruction

February 6, 2013 by  
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Greenpeace welcomes a new “Forest Conservation Policy” as major breakthrough for the controversial company.

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Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

January 31, 2013 by  
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At Inhabitat, we love when artists create symbolic works of art using recycled materials. Here,  Asif Farooq constructs these incredibly precise gun replicas using only reused cardboard . The gun sculptures are detailed and exact, and provide a chilling representation of the controversial machine. Farooq creates the pieces with salvaged materials and uses the works as visual metaphors to explore issues such as mass production in the industry and gun violence. To see more of his work take a look at  Primary Project . + Asif Farooq Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asif farooq , green artwork , recycled art , reused materials , sustainable art

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China Orders Its Airlines Not to Pay EU Emissions Fee

February 6, 2012 by  
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The country stepped up its opposition to the controversial Emissions Trading System, the latest move from a large number of countries that are opposed to paying for carbon emissions generated within European airspace.

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