The Keystone XL Pipeline controversy



United States, February 21st .- The Secretary of State John Kerry went to Indonesia, where he urge international community to fight climate change, calling this problem, the “greatest challenge of our generation”.


Climate change is an undeniable and danger fact that we can not longer afford or ignore.


In the other hand, President Barack Obama, along with his chief diplomat, are pushing actions to combat climate change effects and reduce pollution before we reach a non turning back point.


But this policy could fall down if some decisions are made, like the Keystone XL Pipeline approval, which will transport oil through America’s heartland, from Alberta in Canada to Nebraska in the US.


Past June, during a press conference in Georgetown, President Obama declares that Keystone will be approved only if environmental impacts are not harmful and goes against the American policies.


If the pipeline it’s approved, tar sands will be open, this surface contains bitumen, which can be turned into synthetic oil and could be refined to get products, it will also impulse American economy and fossil fuels production.


The State Department published a report named “Final Environmental Impact Statement”. This report notes that Keystone it is not environmentally harmful and does not represent enormous emissions.


On the other hand, oil industry affirms that this pipeline won’t have a determinant impact, even so, with out it, the tar sands will come out by itself, causing certain process that affect environment.


According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, actual pipelines will be fully ended by the end of this year. Keystone will be able to transport up to 830,000 barrels, and to reach 2030 goal, the industry must use the extra projects to provide the petroleum.


Another option is to use rails, instead of built the Pipeline, and although rails won’t be able to replace Keystone in terms of capacity and the cost is higher.


State Department establish the approximate cost in the Pipeline, around 8 to 10 dollars per barrel, while rails will cost goes up to 15 to 17 dollars, with some prices raising up to 31 dollars per barrel.


Keystone is not just another oil pipeline; it’s the access to one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels.


About Keystone XL Pipeline


A 1,179 mile pipeline and 36 inch diameter which transport oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City in Nebraska.


It’s a critical project for the American energetic security and to boost American economy. Also, transporting oil from Canada will develop oil production in the US.


Mexican Business Web, with media information


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