Reports: Keystone review to play down carbon concerns

The State Department's review of TransCanada's (TRP) Keystone XL oil pipeline is expected to say that the project is unlikely to significantly increase carbon emissions, reports say, as oil sands in Alberta will be developed anyway. The 800,000 barrels-a-day line would transport crude from the Canadian province to refineries in the U.S.

Such a conclusion would be similar to a draft report in March. President Obama has said that he'll only approve Keystone if it won't cause an increase in carbon pollution.

The assessment could be released today, after which eight government agencies will have 90 days to comment on it.

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  • Blue22
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    Blocking the industrial commerce of a struggling country is tantamount to severe sanctions or as in the case of Japan and WWII, an undeclared act of war! Alberta's resources are one of the few assets available to Canada. Blockading access to market of these critical oil sands will do irreparable damage to our relations with Canadians!


    The Pres. has just said he will take over trade negotiations with most of the World, damn the US Senate and no need for any input from the House! Even Harry Reed was shocked at that one! WHAT'S NEXT?
    31 Jan 2014, 04:27 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    An Executive order canceling XL!
    31 Jan 2014, 08:35 AM Reply Like
  • 153972
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    The Canadians can build their own pipeline and export it to China.
    31 Jan 2014, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • Fracjob
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    "eight government agencies will have 90 days to comment on it." Is that an oxymoron? What are the odds of eight government agencies doing anything in 90 days? The fact that eight goverment agencies are even involved in a project such as a pipeline is foolish!
    31 Jan 2014, 05:58 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    The Sierra club will have 8 government agencies and 90 days to lobby.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • IgnisFatuus
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    Frankly, I am surprised it is ONLY 8 Gov't agencies involved.
    31 Jan 2014, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • Larry Smith
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    That report says what anyone with any sense has been saying for YEARS. The oil sands will be developed. The oil will get used and will be transported, by pipeline, train, truck, mule and a cart, but it will be transported. Let's get on with it.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:02 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    The republicans are for the jobs the pipeline will create therefore Obama is against it. If the republicans where to change their position he would be for it.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:38 AM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    the u.s. is Canada's major trading partner. it's hardly an undeclared act of war to consider whether to allow a pipe to cross one's territory or not.


    the parallel to Japan is a an hysterical one, as Japan was isolated from any source of oil where Canada would only have been prevented from laying one megapipe.


    Japan was so strangled because it was trying to conquer China. Canada, not so much.


    it doesn't matter if it will increase pollution or not because they're going to do it anyway? that's not a finding, that's an excuse.


    that's, yes it is going to increase pollution, but it's not the us's fault.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    The tankage will be ready here in South East Texas by 2016. The pipeline will be finished before then. It's coming, we all know it. Let it flow Canadians. Jobs, jobs jobs.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    Jobs? The current administration want to increase unemployment so people do not need jobs for another 6 months. What the .... the US government has lots of money to give out.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    According to the Bank Credit Analyst the trade between Canada and the US is:-
    73% of Canadian exports are to the US and 65% of the Imports to Canada are from the US. Yes, it does appear to be slightly in Canada's favour but don't forget there are other benefits to both sides to maintain a fair trade situation. The US needs and will continue to need products including oil from Canada. Stopping a pipeline is as much to the USA's detriment as anyone's because the US will then be able to refine and export finished product which creates a lot of jobs. The US has not for many years been allowed by law to export oil however if enough supply is available that law may be rescinded. How much benefit would you expect from that?
    31 Jan 2014, 11:49 AM Reply Like
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