Some added encouragement for all those people protesting outside the White House against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline over the next couple weeks: The latest New York Times editorial comes out strongly against the pipeline, urging the State Department to block it.
This page opposes the building of a 1,700-mile pipeline called the Keystone XL, which would carry diluted bitumen -- an acidic crude oil -- from Canada's Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.
The Canadian government insists that it has found ways to reduce those emissions. But a new report from Canada's environmental ministry shows how great the impact of the tar sands will be in the coming years, even with cleaner production methods.
That new report mentioned is one that TreeHugger highlighted a few weeks ago which showed that the increasing emissions from tar sands production in Canada would more than cancel out greenhouse gas emission reductions made elsewhere in the nation, and would make it impossible to reach the county's Copenhagen Accord commitment.
Read the full editorial: Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers
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