Keystone Pipeline Could Get Boost Following Canadian Train Accident

Critics suggest accident shows we should scrap oil reliance altogether
Charred tanker cars are piled up in Lac-Megantic, Quebec / AP

The deadly explosion of a Canadian freight train could boost the case for the U.S. government’s approval of a controversial oil pipeline, which supporters say would reduce the risk of similar disasters in the future.

Invite-Only Civil Disobedience

Daryl Hannah arrested in Sierra Club sit-in
Sierra Club sit-in / AP

U.S. Parks Police Wednesday arrested nearly 50 environmentalists who were protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in an event outside the White House organized by the Sierra Club.

A Conspiracy So Immense

Column: What will it take for the mainstream media to cover the progressive movement?
Michael Brune, Phil Radford, Larry Cohen, Ben Jealous, Barack Obama

Is it not unreasonable to assume that a pretend meeting of the vast right-wing conspiracy would attract far more scrutiny than was devoted to the actual, real-life, believe-it-or-not inaugural meetings of the progressive “Democracy Initiative”? After all, no one seemed to know anything about those meetings, held in June and December 2012, until a writer for Mother Jones named Andy Kroll broke the story on Wednesday. As of this writing exactly two other people, a blogger for the Washington Monthly and a blogger for The Ed Show, have picked up Kroll’s story.

Martin and the Monkey

NM protest focuses on Senate candidate Martin Heinrich’s big-spending ways
Monkey at Albuquerque Protest Screenshot

Supporters of New Mexico’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson marched on her opponent Rep. Martin Heinrich’s campaign headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday armed with complaints about Heinrich’s big-government fiscal record—and with a monkey.

Sayonara, Sierra

Sierra Club dealt setback in bid to halt Keystone XL pipeline

A federal judge denied the Sierra Club’s request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the lower half of the Keystone XL Pipeline Sunday.

Clean Energy Gets Dirty

Natural gas billionaire uses green lobby to take out competitors

Chesapeake Energy, one of the biggest natural gas companies in the United States, has funneled millions of dollars to environmental and health groups to attack the coal industry, all under the guise of promoting clean air—and has spent millions more lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency and members of Congress. The second-largest natural gas producer in the U.S., Chesapeake donated $26 million to the Sierra Club and funded ad campaigns by the American Lung Association to steer public favor toward natural gas energy and the controversial hydraulic fracturing process used to obtain it.