Enviro activists are apoplectic that the Obama State Department has dismissed their concerns about the Keystone (tar sands) pipeline resulting in increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
While it’s true that the pipeline will result more GHG emissions (just as tapping any new source of fossil fuels does), the enviros err in assuming that if the pipeline isn’t built, GHG emission from tar sands won’t occur.
The enviros are wrong because the tar sands are going to be developed anyway whether Keystone is constructed or not. If the tar sands crude isn’t bought by American oil refiners, it will be pipelined someplace else, sold on the world market and turned into useful energy and GHG emissions by, say, the Chinese or Indians.
What America will miss out on is the benefits of the pipeline — 118,000 jobs and associated economic benefits.
If even the anti-fossil fuel Obama administration understands the value of the pipeline, then that just goes to show how extreme the enviros really are.