Udall Votes Against Keystone for Fourth Time

Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer backing Udall
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, (D., Colo.) / AP

Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) voted against the Keystone XL pipeline for the fourth time on Wednesday, pleading for more time for the project that has been delayed for over five years.

Oil Train Accidents Skyrocketing

Report highlights economic, human costs of restricting pipeline transportation
A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D.

The number of accidents involving trains carrying crude oil, and the severity of those accidents, has skyrocketed as U.S. oil production takes off, highlighting the economic and human costs of restricting pipeline transportation capacity, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Kill Keystone, Kill People

Federal reports warn of dangers to human life, environment in rejecting pipeline project
An oil train exploded after it derailed in North Dakota / AP

A pair of reports released this week by federal agencies bolster arguments by supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline that the administration’s failure to approve the project would produce more and deadlier environmental disasters.

Tom Steyer Remains Invested in Fossil Fuels Despite Divestment Pledge

One of five key takeaways from Washington Post profile on billionaire environmentalist
Tom Steyer / AP

The Washington Post on Monday published a profile of billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer that explored his transition from investor in massive fossil fuel projects to politically potent environmentalist.