In late August, the U.S. State Department issued an official statement which claimed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline posed no significant threat to the environment or human health.
The Keystone XL is a 1,711-mile pipeline that will transport crude oil from the Canadian tar sands across the Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf Coast. In its final environmental impact statement (EIS) the State Department admitted that “throughout its life cycle, oil sands crude is, on average, more greenhouse gas intensive than the crude oil it would replace in the U.S,” but said that the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, had reduced the risks of an accident to an acceptable level.
As the DeSmogBlog infographic below shows, the State Department’s estimate that the Keystone XL pipeline could only spout oil spills between 1.78 and 2.51 times per year, is completely bogus. Approving the Keystone XL would place American families and wildlife in direct danger–something President Obama said he wouldn’t allow.
“The State Department’s in charge of analyzing this, because there’s a pipeline coming in from Canada,” stated the President during an interview with a Nebraskan television station. “They’ll be giving me a report over the next several months, and, you know, my general attitude is, what is best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also, what’s best for the health of the American people?”
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Infographic via DeSmogBlog