Greenpeace Canada lambasts U.S. State Dept Keystone XL enviro impact assessment

Greenpeace Canada strongly criticized the U.S. State Department's newly-released Environmental Impact Assessment on the Keystone XL pipeline, which found the project to be "environmentally sound". Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema responded, speaking to "major flaws" in the report:

"One of the major weaknesses of this report is that it assumes that building this pipeline will have no impact on tar sands expansion because the oil will magically get to market some other way. The truth is that we have a choice," Hudema said in a news release.

"We can spend billions to build this pipeline and the new tar sands mines required to fill it or we can invest those dollars in solutions that end our addiction to oil, improve the health of our communities and stop climate change."

"Our kids will only thank us for one of those choices."

Greenpeace stated that the report also downplays many of the risks that the Keystone XL pipeline poses. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that Keystone XL would increase annual carbon emissions by up to 27.6 MMt CO2e annually, or the equivalent of seven coal-fired power plants operating continuously or having 6.2 million cars on the road for 50 years.

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