Canadian Envoy: Railways Aren’t the Answer, Keystone XL Is

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Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Dec. 17, 2013, 12:53 a.m.

Canada’s am­bas­sad­or to the United States says the grow­ing use of rail cars to trans­port Ca­na­dian crude oil un­der­scores the need for White House ap­prov­al of the Key­stone XL pipeline.

“The facts ba­sic­ally speak for them­selves,” Gary Doer told Bloomberg in an in­ter­view. Pipelines are safer, cheap­er, and emit less car­bon di­ox­ide pol­lu­tion than mov­ing crude oil by rail, he told the news ser­vice.

His com­ments to Bloomberg are part of the big PR and lob­by­ing battle over Tran­sCanada’s pro­posed pipeline, which would bring hun­dreds of thou­sands of bar­rels per day from Al­berta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies.

En­vir­on­ment­al­ists bat­tling the pipeline say the pro­ject would worsen cli­mate change by fuel­ing ex­pan­sion of car­bon-in­tens­ive oil sands de­vel­op­ment.

They also al­lege that the con­sult­ing firm the State De­part­ment con­trac­ted to craft a pivotal en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lys­is of the pro­pos­al is too close to the oil in­dustry.

Politico ex­plores those ties here.

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