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What’s At Stake In the Tar Sands Fight

Unsure if you should care about the Keystone XL pipeline controversy? In his latest essay for Dissent, my friend Mark Engler neatly encapsulates the issues at stake. It’s not just another land use battle to preserve pristine wilderness, it’s the front line in the fight against climate change itself.

Before the end of the year, the Obama State Department must decide whether to approve the 1700-mile pipeline from Canada to Texas, and climate activists are turning up the heat.

[Photo credit:, Creative Commons.]


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