Keystone XL Pipeline
The Canadian oil and gas company, TransCanada, hopes to build the two thousand mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas to transport tar sands oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast and ports for international export. Tar sands are one of the world's dirtiest fuels, and the Alberta tar sands are estimated to contain enough carbon to raise carbon emissions in the atmosphere by 200 parts per million. That would boost the current level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by more than half.
Unfortunately, many are trying to portray the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline as a deadlock over "jobs versus the environment," when the fact is we have the opportunity to create a sustainable new energy economy that generates jobs, protects our health, and brightens our future.
The Keystone XL pipeline would lock the United States into nearly another million barrels per day of this risky, high-carbon fuel.