Keystone Pipeline Won’t Impact Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Keystone XL oil sands pipeline “will not have any impact” on greenhouse gas emissions, a report released by prominent energy industry consulting group IHS CERA said Thursday.

The report said that’s because Canada’s oil sands, which are more carbon-rich than conventional oil, will come out of the ground with or without Keystone.

“In the absence of Keystone XL, we would expect similar volumes of heavy Canadian oil sands to be produced. Industry would turn to alternative pipeline projects and rail for oil sands transportation,” the report said.

IHS CERA said it prepared the report in response to President Obama’s June statement that he’d oppose the controversial Canada-to-Texas pipeline if it “significantly exacerbates” carbon pollution.

The pipeline is currently under federal review at the State Department. The department said in a draft environmental review that Keystone wouldn’t substantially increase greenhouse gas emissions.

IHS CERA and the State Department arrived at similar conclusions.

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