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Keystone XL Pipeline Impact… Worse Than Predicted

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Keystone XL Pipeline Impact… Worse Than Predicted

If the controversial northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is approved and built, the resulting amount of carbon emitted into earth’s atmosphere could be up to four times greater than the U.S. State Department estimated, according to a new scientific paper.

First, what’s the Keystone XL? A pipeline (not yet approved) that would “transport raw, toxic tar sands oil right through the American heartland” from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas”and threatens to wreak environmental havoc on both sides of the border.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)

So, how and why would the climate impact be four times greater? Here’s the logic: If the new pipeline is built, more tarsands oil will likely be consumed. And the tar sands process ”separating oil from sand and mud”” produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil.

People who support the pipeline claim that with or without the Keystone pipeline, we’ll be consuming the oil and the tar sands will inevitably be developed.

Those in the energy industry are not impressed with arguments by the anti-fracking movement in the state. “They’re skilled at marketing, skilled at hyperbole,” said Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association in Sacramento, a group that represents 550 companies and individuals in the oil industry. “We use less than a total 300 acre-feet of water a year for fracking. That’s equal to what all golf courses in California use in half a day.”

About a third of the 2,000 new oil wells in California are hydraulically fractured, he said. “They talk about air pollution from methane leaks,” Zierman said. “Our air [quality] laws established regional air districts that regulate all our service equipment, every joint, every coupling [that's] permitted.”

~ via Aljazeera America

What do you think of that logic?

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3:17PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014


6:17PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thank you.

6:16PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thank you.

10:11PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

This Fracking causes earthquake's and is dirty, ruining the environment, will never be the same.

6:30AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Thank you all for caring

2:17AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

As long as money is the only talk, changes can never be achieved. As someone here says....., it has to happen something worse before money is set aside........

11:29AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Until the people who WANT the pipeline built start getting their houses blown up by methane or other explosive gasses in their drinking water, they'll act like ostriches... .

8:21PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Cheers Meg.

8:03PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014


3:11PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Canadian oil is moving through the US, even without a mega-pipeline.
A lot of attention is being drawn to aging tanker railroad cars that have exploded or caught on fire. While it is true that the tanker cars need to be replaced, it is also true that some crude oil is more explosive than others. I'll let this article explain that for me:

To restate the obvious, we need to stop wasting time and money on "bandaid" measures, and switch to clean energy.

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