6 November 2015

US President Obama today denied Canadian oil company TransCanada permission to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.

The controversial pipeline would have bisected the United States carrying the world's dirtiest oil from Canada's tar sands.

The president cited the pipeline's projected contribution to climate change in deeming it not in the national interest. The decision comes just weeks ahead of global climate talks in Paris.

25 February 2015

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a hot political topic in the United States, but it's also important for Europe and the rest of the world, writes Friends of the Earth Europe's extractives campaigner, Colin Roche.

In the United States a relatively obscure oil pipeline is at the centre of a heated political debate and the first battle between President Barack Obama and the new Republican-controlled Congress. But it's not just a fight to be fought in Washington. The outcome matters in Europe and the rest of the world too.

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