Four charts reveal gigantic climate impact from proposed Kinder Morgan mega-pipeline
Geeky details: Kinder Morgan's new pipeline will enable an additional 590,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen per day. That is 215 million barrels per year. Climate scientist and BC MLA, Dr. Andrew Weaver, estimated the full "wells-to-wheels" climate impact of each barrel of bitumen at 0.572 tonnes of CO2. Multiplied together yields 123 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The lifespan of a pipeline can exceed 50 years. For example, Kinder Morgan's existing pipeline is more than 60 years old and still in service. Over that time the total CO2 could exceed 5 billion tonnes of CO2. The estimated damage to society would exceed $300 billion based on the US government's "social cost of carbon" calculations.