20 Jul '12, 5pm

Scientists to State Department: Climate Change Must Be Considered in New Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Review

As the scientists write in the letter, “The vast volumes of carbon in the tar sands ensure that they will play an important role in whether or not climate change gets out of hand; understanding the role this largescale new pipeline will play in that process is clearly crucial.” In the environmental review of the original Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project back last August, the State Department acknowledged that tar sands cause as much as 17% more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil on a lifecycle basis – a number that expert research shows to even be on the low side. However, the State Department then didn’t take these greater greenhouse gas emissions into account. By their flawed reasoning, Keystone XL was not a driver of additional tar sands production. This was wrong then, and as our leading scientists have pointed out, it would be wrong not to consider t...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/eshope/scientists_to_st...

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