Posted by Breitbart News on March 8, 2017 07:20:54 A report released this week by the Institute for Energy Research found that the Keystone XL pipeline would “destroy the environment and damage public health.”
The study estimated that the pipeline would produce more greenhouse gases than a single passenger car.
“The Keystone XL project would result in the release of an estimated 11.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2040 compared to the emission reductions provided by the conventional route,” the report stated.
“This is a substantial increase from the emissions produced by the existing pipeline.”
The report also noted that the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from the Keystone pipeline would be higher than the average emissions from a car.
In the United States, the average carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles are about 30 million metric pounds.
The study estimates that if the pipeline were built, the emissions would be equivalent to about 2.4 billion passenger cars.
In a report last year, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) concluded that the construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline would threaten the health of the United State’s population.
The EDF noted that “the Keystone XL Pipeline will deliver oil from Canada’s tar sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast, where it will be burned to produce gasoline.”
The EDI report concluded that “as a consequence, climate-warming emissions from the oil sands will be significantly higher than from existing pipelines.”
The pipeline would pass through several states, but it is likely that it would most likely end up in the southernmost states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
The pipeline is proposed to be built by TransCanada, a Canadian company that is also building the Keystone-XL.
According to the EDF report, the pipeline “will run through the heart of the Midwest, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi River.
The project will be built on federal land, as opposed to private land.”
The project would “strip away millions of acres of pristine wildlife habitat,” according to the report.
“It will also disturb the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s fragile ecosystem, including its coastal wetlands, wetlands and marshes,” the EDI noted.
The report found that, “The proposed pipeline would significantly increase the risk of air pollution, especially in the Gulf region, where there is already heavy industry, industrial runoff and other pollutants.”
The proposed pipeline is estimated to be about 12,500 feet long, and would run under the waters of the Mississippi Delta.
“By increasing its size and depth, the Keystone proposal will exacerbate the Mississippi Basin’s severe air pollution,” the study stated.
The proposed route is expected to cross over four states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
According the EDT report, “the pipeline will pass through some of the most pristine habitat in the United Sates, such as wetlands, creeks, and creeking wetlands, which are a major source of the Gulf’s oxygen-depleting CO2.
The Gulf’s wetlands, particularly in the region around Mobile, will be impacted, particularly by the proposed pipeline, because they contain a major aquifer and are home to the largest amount of fish species in the U.S. Gulf.”
The Keystone XL will also cross over several other waterways, including the Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers, which could be impacted by the pipeline, as well as the Gulf Stream, which provides the Mississippi with fresh water.
The Energy Department is planning to build a massive pipeline to carry oil from the United Kingdom to refiners in Texas, where the oil is sold to refiner customers in the state.
According a report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the pipeline is expected “to be able to move crude oil from Texas’ Gulf Coast to Texas’ Mid-Texas Gulf Coast by 2028.”
The EIA also stated that the “project would result from the completion of a new pipeline linking the existing Gulf Coast Pipeline and the existing Canadian oil sands pipeline.
The new pipeline would transport 1.7 billion barrels of oil per day, or 1.5 billion barrels per day by 2026.”
The construction of this pipeline would require the construction and completion of several facilities, including a major oil refinery, as the EIA noted.
to the EAA, “there is no current pipeline project that is currently under construction in the Middle East, which would cross over this area of the Middle West.”
The State Department has stated that there is “no new pipeline under construction, but construction of new pipelines may occur as part of any project to secure oil from future pipelines.”
On March 7, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that provides the President with authority to issue a waiver to expedite the approval of the proposed Keystone XL XL pipeline.
Trump has also issued several executive orders to expeditiously approve other controversial pipeline projects, including construction of a proposed pipeline to ship crude oil in Texas to the Gulf coast.
On March 4, Trump signed another executive order to expeditate the Keystone project, which has been plagued with delays since January.