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The Environmental Impact Study (SIES-pdf - which was prepared largely by ERM a company that imo has questionable objectivity on matters of actual pollution)

Here is the Carbon Tracker study as reported by Kate Sheppard @ HuffPo| Updated: 03/04/2014 1:59 pm EST

The State Department's final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development.

The Carbon Tracker Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on how carbon budgets interact with financial markets, released the new report on Monday, making its case for why Keystone XL is more important in the context of global emissions than the State Department's study indicates.

So from reading this latest report it does indeed sound as if, from the beginning, with so much riding on this pipeline and so many powerful interests behind its approval, that some very important aspects were not given the balanced consideration that was/is needed..
The Carbon Tracker's interpretation is worth considering, if only because the State Department's FEIS used the group's methodology from previous studies in its own evaluation of the pipeline's production implications, though the government arrived at different conclusions.
..or overlooked altogether
It would be the equivalent of building an additional 46 coal-fired power plants, or roughly the average amount of CO2 that the United States emits overall each year.
I've been away so this has probably been covered here @ Daily Kos, but just in case.

Also too you can send a comment directly to the State Dept. Here if you want to

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  •  It just goes to show: (12+ / 0-)

    Electing better Democrats means electing ones who eliminate these sorts of conflicts of interest.

    "The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." - W.E.B. Du Bois Be informed. Fight the Police State.

    by Eternal Hope on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:19:41 PM PST

  •  Thanks, Eric (8+ / 0-)

    I just used and cited this report in my own comment concerning the KXL pipeline.

    Apparently, they require something of substance not just people's fear of further Climate Change so I used quotes from this report.

    Thanks for posting it.

    Obama's promise:

    “Our national interest will be served only if this project doesn’t 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 can go forward.”
     - President Barack Obama, June 2013

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:15:52 PM PST

    •  It is worse than you think. . . (4+ / 0-)

      Two of the oldest processing plants, built in 1967 and 1978, are still the highest producers and use extraction methods based on the Clark Method from back in the 1940's.

      This extraction method in these older, inefficient, factories uses as much as 10 cubic meters of water to retrieve one cubic meter of oil. AND THEN that oil must be mixed with a chemical diluent so that it can be pumped through a pipeline.

      This method of extraction and transport also then requires a second pipeline to be run alongside the first to return the diluent back to the extraction point once the diluent has been separated from the oil at the point of refinery. Double the pipelines; double the chance of the inevitable leaks.

      Bye the way, this is the type of pipeline that they just put through the US to Superior, Wisconsin with no big controversy to the Koch Bros facility to make them even more billions. That new pipeline was put through very quickly, with very little public input or review. It also got very little press. All of this happened while HR Clinton was Secretary of State and the final decision was, in part, up to her because the pipeline crossed the international border.

      The Canadian Government will point to newer extraction methods that they claim 'ONLY' pollute one cubic meter of water to recover one cubic meter of oil, but they fail to mention that the older factories, that still produce most of the oil, do not use these newer methods AND the best data I can find says that a better estimate of these newer extraction methods is actually around 3.3 cubic meters of water for one cubic meter of oil.

      On top of all of this, this heavy bituminous crude, takes even more water to refine than the heaviest crude oils in the world and the processes release more methane than with other oils and methane is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

      It is good and right to be concerned with carbon dioxide output, but remember that carbon dioxide is just one negative in a host of negative outputs from the recovery of these hydrocarbons. Step back and try to see more of what really is going on.

      "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." ~ James Danforth Quayle

      by Loraxe on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:20:49 AM PST

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      •  The governor of Wisconsion would have (3+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson, JVolvo, Puddytat

        facilitated that pipeline, and probably has. However, if so, according to the poster Puddytat who reports regularly on the Wisconsin scene, essentially all the media in Wisconsin have been long since been bought off, and in addition to providing no journalism are actively involved in covering up for the governor.

        Meanwhile the governor himself appears to have been actively seeking and obtaining good performance reviews and presumably financial rewards from the Koch brothers and the local right-to-work Bradley million or billionaires.

        Knowing Clinton was involved as Secretary of State strikes an extremely sour note here, since it was under her authority that the State Department originally wanted to treat the KXL as basically pre-approved and no more harmful than, say, a stretch of interstate highway -- which, in addition to greed, I personally feel must be the prevailing beltway mindset.

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