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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55 comments

Warren Webber
Warren Webber1 years ago

Live long and prosper!

Ruth R.
Ruth R.1 years ago

"What’s missing? The moral compass. The United States cannot control Canadian industry. But we can, and must, refuse to be complicit—refuse to be a partner—in harvesting this filthy fuel.
Keystone is about yesterday’s power. We must focus—as engineers, economists, and parents and consumers—on tomorrow’s power. Our goal is to power our country with energy that is clean, affordable, and sustainable.
We must defeat the Keystone pipeline." From Mom's

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The Keystone pipeline encourages the development for many decades of Alberta’s tar sands, some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. The United States must refuse to be a partner in harvesting this filthy fuel.
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Ruth R.
Ruth R.1 years ago

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The Keystone pipeline encourages the development for many decades of Alberta's tar sands, some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet.

The United States can, and must, refuse to be complicit — refuse to be a partner — in harvesting this filthy fuel.

Keystone is about yesterday's power. We must focus — as engineers, economists, and parents and consumers — on tomorrow's power. Our goal is to power our country with energy that is clean, affordable, and sustainable."

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Ruth R.
Ruth R.1 years ago

Thank You for posting the article!

Chelsea G.
Chelsea G.2 years ago

Thanks.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

BnKatieNOMESPLE D.

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

Daphne H.
Daphne H.2 years ago

Thank you all for caring

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se2 years ago

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........