Sans Tar Sands

Covering the broad-based movement against the Keystone XL pipeline.

#NoTarSands resistance march draws thousands in Midwest

Frontline indigenous communities took center stage in the largest anti-tar sands demonstration in Midwest history.

June 7, 2015

Obama’s Keystone veto is a historic, but cautious, victory

The decision is a win for pipeline opponents, but they still require an outright rejection to put the issue to rest.

February 25, 2015

The anti-KXL movement may have found its anthem

The fight to end fossil fuels is a fight for the future, and for the communities that are exploited by those industries. So, it’s only natural that the soundtrack to the struggle come from a 24-year-old Lakota rapper.

May 12, 2014

There’s no success like failure, when it comes to movement building

As a decision on the Keystone XL looms, it may prove helpful to understand that initial failure often contains the seeds for longterm success.

March 11, 2014

Historic climate action shows millennials ready to fight for their future

Far more than just a controversial tar sands pipeline, the battle over the Keystone XL is proving to be a flashpoint for political action among a generation whose future is imperiled by the continued combustion of fossil fuels.

March 4, 2014

Looking to lessons learned for the upcoming Keystone XL battle

While grassroots efforts to halt construction of the Keystone XL’s southern portion were not successful, many activists believe the lessons learned through that experience will be useful in the upcoming battle over the pipeline’s northern section.

February 6, 2014

The climate movement’s pipeline preoccupation

Before the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway campaigns come to an end, we all must recognize the dangers of having a single-issue approach to movement building.

Climate activists to fossil fuel industry: ‘If you build it, we will come’

Many climate justice activists are finding that solidarity with indigenous and frontline-impacted communities means opposing not only climate change, but also capitalism.

August 6, 2013

Can activists win the PR battle with the fossil fuel industry?

Until recently the energy industry has been able to keep its hardball tactics largely out of public view. But further exposure may play into the hands of environmental activists.

August 6, 2013

Sweep out dirty politics — and stop the Keystone XL in the process

Instead of saying we don’t approve of the Keystone XL pipeline and the dirty politics surrounding it, activists should appeal to a widely shared value in America: clean political decision-making.

and Daniel Hunter
July 25, 2013
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