NEWS: Media Outlets Report that New Study Confirms State Department Findings: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Not Impact Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 8, 2013

A new study out today from IHS CERA confirmed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would “not have any impact” on greenhouse gas emissions and concluded, “Even if the Keystone XL pipeline does not move forward, we do not expect a material change in oil sands production growth.” The study’s authors reached the same conclusion as the U.S. State Department – Canadian oil sands will continue to be produced and make their way to market, regardless of whether or not Keystone XL is built to completion. According to the State Department's assessment in March of 2013:

This new report should be welcome news for President Obama who recently moved the goalposts by adding a new litmus test to the landmark jobs project’s approval, stating, “[O]ur national interest will only be served if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.” CERA’s analysis provides additional evidence that the project meets president’s stated climate requirements. It's time to end the unnecessary delays and build the pipeline.

August 8, 2013

Report: Keystone XL won't impact greenhouse gas emissions

The Keystone XL oil sands pipeline “will not have any impact” on greenhouse gas emissions, a report released by prominent energy industry consulting group IHS CERA said Thursday.

The report said that’s because Canada’s oil sands, which are more carbon-rich than conventional oil, will come out of the ground with or without Keystone.

“In the absence of Keystone XL, we would expect similar volumes of heavy Canadian oil sands to be produced. Industry would turn to alternative pipeline projects and rail for oil sands transportation,” the report said.

IHS CERA said it prepared the report in response to President Obama’s June statement that he’d oppose the controversial Canada-to-Texas pipeline if it “significantly exacerbates” carbon pollution.

The pipeline is currently under federal review at the State Department. The department said in a draft environmental review that Keystone wouldn’t substantially increase greenhouse gas emissions.

IHS CERA and the State Department arrived at similar conclusions.

Both suggested rail or other pipelines would satiate market demand in Keystone’s absence. They also said hauling crude through the Keystone pipeline would displace Venezuelan oil and the emissions that come with transporting that fuel. …

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August 8, 2013

Study: No Impact From Keystone on Greenhouse Gases

Ever since President Barack Obama in June made (in a rather a Delphic fashion) climate change the key condition for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the arguments over the project have shifted from job creation and groundwater pollution to focus on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Fresh analysis out from energy consultancy IHS Cera says the pipeline, which would carry Canadian tar sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska and eventually to the U.S. Gulf Coast, “will not have any impact on GHG emissions.”

Essentially, IHS concluded, Canadian tar sands will find a way to market either through all-Canadian pipelines or through the increasing use of railcars to ship the heavy oil. “Even if new pipelines lag oil sands growth, rail will fill the gap, as it is doing today,” the consultancy found, echoing the draft conclusions by the U.S. State Department. …

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August 8, 2013

Keystone XL would not impact oil production, emissions: study

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have no impact on oil sands production or greenhouse gas emissions because Canadian producers would find other avenues to market their crude, IHS CERA said in a study published Thursday.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based consulting firm said U.S. Gulf Coast refiners would replace expected deliveries of diluted bitumen from Alberta with heavy oil from Venezuela, which has roughly the same emissions intensity as the Canadian crude.

“Even if the Keystone XL pipeline does not move forward, we do not expect a material change in oil sands production growth,” the study says. …

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