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Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline Could Damage U.S. Environmental Movement

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Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline Could Damage U.S. Environmental Movement

If President Obama rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, he will set a precedent with potentially devastating impacts for mainstream environmentalism.

The Keystone XL pipeline, if approved, would transport oil from the tar sands in western Canada to a hub in Nebraska, then connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas

On Friday, the U.S. Department of State released a long-delayed environmental review of the 1,179-mile pipeline project.

The State Department report indicated that the project was not likely to have major environmental impacts given that the Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed with or without the pipeline.

In a recent post on Energy Collective, John Miller, an energy consultant and petroleum engineer, summarized what seems likely to happen if the opponents succeed in blocking the pipeline, stating: “Delaying and possibly not approving the Keystone XL can and will negatively impact U.S. Energy Security and the economy, have insignificant impact on world CO2 emissions, and possibly damage the important relationship with Canada . . . without the Keystone XL the negative impacts will continue to exit and could increase.”

Regardless of what happens with the pipeline, the Canadian Oil Sands will almost certainly be developed. The pipeline’s opponents mistakenly assume that blocking the pipeline would prevent oil production from the Oil Sands. Canada’s oil sands will be developed with or without the Keystone pipeline. If the pipeline is not built, Canada’s oil will flow into the United States by rail or be re-routed to markets overseas, most likely Asia.

The State Department removed any remaining relevance the pipeline may once have had for purposes of mitigating climate change.

The controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline has become the most perverse kind of ideological battle where symbolism matters more than substance.

The Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and a clutch of other ‘environmental’ groups are organizing hundreds of protests across the country this week demanding that President Obama reject the pipeline because it would create “a huge source of carbon pollution.”

The oil sands – not the pipeline – will create “a huge source of carbon pollution” and it will do so with or without the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rather than asking Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline, the protesters should be asking him to invade Canada and seize control of the Oil Sands. That is the only way Obama can prevent the Oil Sands from becoming a huge source of carbon pollution.

Pretending otherwise is misleading at best and dishonest at worse.

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It’s easy, in a world of constant information and change, to lose sight of the things that are right in front of our faces. For instance, there is so much news about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project that people don’t pay attention to th ...
Source: Earth 911   Full article at: Earth 911 Aug 13 2014, 12:05pm CDT
 


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The Demonization Of Keystone XL Goes International

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In the future, honest historians (if such a thing still exists in the future) will look back on the radical green movement’s demonization of the Keystone XL Pipeline as perhaps the single most dishonest advocacy campaign in American history. Never has such a mass quantity of misinformation and outright lies [ ...
Source: Forbes Real Time   Full article at: Forbes Real Time Aug 13 2014, 9:19am CDT
 

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New Study Says U.S. Underestimated Keystone XL Emissions

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A new report says the U.S. government dramatically underestimated the level of greenhouse gas emissions that would result if the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline becomes a reality. The study, by the Stockholm Environmental Institute, found that building the pipeline, which would connect Canada’s oil-rich tar sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, would produce greenhouse gas emissions at least four times higher than the U.S. State Department’s off ...
Source: OilPrice.com   Full article at: OilPrice.com Aug 12 2014, 5:30pm CDT
 

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Researchers Say U.S. Omitted Supply/Demand From Keystone XL Pipeline Equation

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A new analysis of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline says the project could be far worse for the world’s environment than estimated by the U.S. government.Washington has delayed a decision on approval of the proposed pipeline for further study of its environmental impact. Keystone XL would transport an estimated 820,000 barrels of oil sands each day from the province of Alberta in western Canada through several U.S. states to the coast of t ...
Source: OilPrice.com   Full article at: OilPrice.com Aug 12 2014, 4:44pm CDT
 

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Latest Anti-Keystone Argument: Pipeline Would Cut Global Oil Prices

Source: Big Government

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that the Keystone XL pipeline, if approved, would cut global oil prices. For many on the left, that's the bad news. The official U.S. State Department estimate of carbon released by production of Canadian tar sands in connection with the Keystone XL pipeline was between a million and 27 million tons per year. The new estimate published Sunday sa ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government Aug 12 2014, 1:51pm CDT
 

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