State Dept releases report on Keystone XL pipeline project

State Dept releases report on Keystone XL pipeline project

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Today the State Department released an environmental impact report on the Keystone XL pipeline project that shows the pipeline from the Canadian border to Nebraska would not significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.

You can read the State Department report here.

So what does that mean?

Essentially, the odds of this project moving forward have increased with the State Department’s sign off at this point. Secretary of State John Kerry would be making a final recommendation whether the pipeline project moves forward.

President Obama has indicated that the project should move ahead if it does not significantly increase the emission of greenhouse gas.

Environmental activists have been critical of the project because a pipeline rupture could compromise drinking water. Additionally, they have argued that the U.S. should not be pursuing more fossil fuel projects if we want to be serious about climate change.

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