Democrats, who acknowlege the gravity of climate change, are ready to force through the Keystone pipeline for political advantage.
The project faces a dozen court challenges and blockades from all 132 First Nations - most believe it won't be built.
Court sides with landowners and nullifies Keystone pipeline through Nebraska; Canada's doctors and environmental groups fear retribution from the government.
For the first time, the report acknowledges the relationship between tar sands and climate change, but stops short of concluding the pipeline should not go forward.
Besides protesting Keystone, an ad airing on television tonight calls the pipeline a suckers deal for America.
The southern leg of the Keystone pipeline starts carrying oil today. Even this brand new pipeline is riddled with a litany of structural problems.
The city council passed a moratorium to give it time to create a permanent ordinance bannings tar sands oil from being shipped from its port. Meanwhile, the southern leg of Keystone begins carrying oil in January.
If voters pass the referendum, the code will be changed so that tar sands cannot be exported from Maine.
Ever creative and persistent, TransCanada now plans a cross-Canada pipeline, while legal challenges mount against US-based tar sands.
Landowners are suing because of the state's use of eminent domain, forcing them to allow the pipeline on their property.