Energy East pipeline would raise greenhouse emissions, report says

|By:, SA News Editor

Much of environmentalists’ opposition to big pipeline projects has focused on Keystone XL, but a new report from the Pembina Institute says Canada's Energy East project would have an even more detrimental effect on climate change than Keystone.

Producing the crude needed to fill Energy East could generate an additional 30M-32M metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year vs. 22M for Keystone, according to the report.

Both projects are spearheaded by TransCanada (TRP), which argues in support of both that the oil would be moved instead by truck, rail and tanker instead of a pipeline; also, in the case of Energy East, the western Canadian oil being shipped to eastern Canadian refineries would replace imported oil from countries with weaker environmental policies.