Keystone XL pipeline opponents constantly make climate change the centerpiece of their opposition to the project, calling the it, the "fuse to North America’s biggest carbon bomb." However, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist confirms they're off target. Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports:
As the United Nations climate summit continues in Warsaw this week, the IEA chief economist Fatih Birol played down the oil sands’ contribution to global warming, and said the long-term challenge is to access the energy-hungry markets of Asia while slowing the growth in emissions.
“The oil sands definitely makes a contribution to the increase in CO2 emissions,” he said. “But 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.”
This conclusion is similar to the State Department’s that the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment. Anti-energy activists who keep using this argument don’t have a leg to stand on. The President should approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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