Keystone XL totally green?

State Department report suggests pipeline project won’t affect climate

A recently released State Department report analyzing the potential impact of the Keystone XL pipeline project on climate change has drawn the ire of activist groups.

The 2,000-page assessment, released on March 1, suggested the pipeline would have little effect on the climate, claiming Canada’s oil sands will be developed with or without President Obama’s approval and U.S. oil consumption would continue as usual, according to The Washington Post.

Environmental groups have long maintained President Obama’s administration has a chance to send a strong message about moving away from fossil fuels by denying approval of the the pipeline, which would transport tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, called the report “deeply flawed analysis.”