Keystone XL report reignites battle over pipeline's impact

Improved prospects for the Keystone XL pipeline are cheered by much of the North American energy industry, but the project is no longer as crucial to U.S. or Canadian companies as it seemed just two years ago.

Even without Keystone XL, Canadian crude exports to the U.S. rose more than 5% in 2013, to an average 2.6M bbl/day; pipeline, rail, barge - energy producers are using all available logistics opportunities.

Aside from the obvious boon to companies pumping oil in Canada, Keystone XL matters most to Gulf Coast refiners which have invested billions of dollars to turn heavy crude like the kind coming from Canada into fuels for export.

The Keystone fight is not over, with at least three more hurdles remaining: more government reviews, scrutiny over potential conflicts of interest, and a conflicted Pres. Obama.

In the meantime, get ready for more heated rhetoric and disinformation from both sides (pro-Keystone, anti-Keystone).

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  • Ruffdog
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    "...rail, barge..." how many spills and explosions will it take. Are the reduction in spills and explosions taken into account in the EIR of the do nothing alternative?
    1 Feb 2014, 09:18 AM Reply Like
  • DrP79
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    it will take a change in administration or a change in the incumbents attitude.


    He treats our enemies better than our friends. Of course, he confuses HIS interests with the national interest.
    3 Feb 2014, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • GaltMachine
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    Just Say Yes!
    1 Feb 2014, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • James Hanshaw
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    The treatment of Keystone XL by the President long ago became absurd to the point of childishness. At any time in the past two years the matter could have been settled by rejection or approval but a game has been played instead. I own TransCanada shares and could not care less which way the decision goes but I would like it to be made as it is costing the company money and the US taxpayer huge sums to pay for one bureaucratic report after another that have achieved nothing so far.
    1 Feb 2014, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    Jake- Nice talking points. Tell us how exactly this pipeline exacerbates "climate change". The climate is changing every day in every possible way from all sources, mostly natural sources. The air we expel from our lungs probably affects the climate more than any pipeline could. Maybe the EPA could issue new regulations demanding that we all exercise some sort of breath control to help save the planet. The deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung Volcano in Indonesia today put more ash and dust into the atmosphere, and that natural disaster will do more to change the climate than any pipeline will.
    1 Feb 2014, 09:34 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Well people have been breathing a lot longer than they have been using carbon energy, yet we only see changes to our climate accelerate in the past few decades. 99% of climate scientists agree we are changing our climate. It's not really a debate any longer, neither is evolution, but I guess some people can't change or let facts enter their narrow universe.
    2 Feb 2014, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Only changes in the last few decades?! Research the Medieval Warm Period and get back to us.
    3 Feb 2014, 08:37 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Environmentalism is the new weapon of choice for the ruling class to keep the unwashed masses in order.
    2 Feb 2014, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • James Hanshaw
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    Climate change has been going on since big bang! I have no doubt and do not need scientists to tell me that what man is doing does not help. Irrespective of arguments about how many extra degrees of temperature we are to blame for we are polluting our planet - our oceans are full of plastic, our air becoming unbreathable at times. We as individuals hopefully are doing our bit about that.


    The discussion about Keystone has become absurd - it is no perfect solution but is a lot less bad than the alternatives we are using in its absence.
    3 Feb 2014, 12:58 PM Reply Like
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