Will Keystone XL impact the environment?
State Department found the project would have a negligible impact on climate change – Los Angeles Times
What the experts are saying about the Keystone XL Pipeline and the environment:
[With respect to] “the XL pipeline, there’s no environmental reason that it can’t be done safely while at the same time creating jobs,” – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
“The difference in getting oil from oil sands when compared to conventional oil, it is such a small contribution that it will be definitely wrong to highlight this as a major source of carbon dioxide emissions
worldwide.” – Faith Birol chief economist, International Energy Administration
An energy & economics professor at MIT, Chris Knittel, has analyzed the what would happen with or without Keystone XL and found information contrary to claims made by many critics.
Actually, he says, if we build Keystone XL, greenhouse gas emissions will, if anything, go down. Any oil that come from it will displace the most expensive oil on the market right now, and that would likely be heavy crude oil from Venezuela that actually results in more carbon dioxide emissions than tar sands oil.