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Keystone Pipeline Will Impact Climate Change, State Department Reports


How much can one oil pipeline affect global climate change? That’s one of the fundamental questions probed by a new, final environmental impact assessment released January 31 by the U.S. State Department. At issue is the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry 730,000 barrels a day of oil from western Canada, mostly from Alberta’s tar [...]

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Are Pipelines Safer Than Railroads for Carrying Oil?


The glut of new oil in North America has been accompanied by a boom in moving that petroleum by train. Railway traffic of crude oil in tankers has more than doubled in volume since 2011—and such transport led to tragedy in the early hours of July 6. At least 13 people were killed in the [...]

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Tar Sands No Worse Than Other Oils for Pipeline Spills


The oil derived from Canada’s tar sands is more acidic than other forms of petroleum. So does this mean that diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”) is more corrosive when flowing through a pipeline? The answer is no, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council. A review of U.S. pipeline ruptures over the [...]

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EPA on Keystone XL: Significant Climate Impacts from Tar Sands Pipeline

In a draft assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, consultants for the U.S. State Department judged that building it would have no significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Why? Because the analysts assumed the tar sands oil would find a way out with or without the new pipeline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does [...]

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Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline Makes Candidates Most Appealing to Seniors and Republicans


With Keystone XL back in the news after the pipeline bill failed to pass the Senate, I pulled up the latest UT Energy Poll data to a look at what we know about public opinion on the topic*. While we have not directly asked about attitudes on Keystone itself, we do have data on the [...]

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