American Public Will Not Buy Activists’ Climate Claims

Today, Keystone XL opponents released a report full of their old, thoroughly debunked talking points. Ever since President Obama said that his decision to approve Keystone XL would depend largely on a finding that Keystone XL would “not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” opponents have been working overtime to try to persuade Americans [...]

OSFC Rapid Response on Obama’s Keystone Announcement

OSFC Rapid Response on Obama’s Keystone XL Announcement Not To Approve Keystone XL Unless Determined First It Will Not Lead to net Increase of GHG Emissions Update (3:49 P.M., ET, 6/25/2013): As expected, President Obama did mention the Keystone XL pipeline during his speech today, saying that a finding would be required to ensure the [...]

Chinese Whispers? Or Cold-Hard Facts?

Oil sands energy will continue to be produced without KXL – it’ll just go to China instead of U.S. In a brief video appearance for The Nation last week, 350.org president Bill McKibben echoed a common theme for anti-Keystone XL activists:   “If Keystone [XL] doesn’t get built, it’s clear that banks and others will [...]

Keystone XL & the Oil Sands: Emissions Here or There?

FACT: Canada accounts for only 2% of global GHG emissions. Emissions from oil sands are a small fraction of that. China, an immediate potential market for oil sands crude without Keystone XL, is the world’s largest emitter of GHG emissions at 25%. Download Infographic

Keystone XL & the Oil Sands: Comparable GHG Emissions

FACT: Oil sands crude has been refined in the U.S. for decades and has similar GHG emissions to other heavy oils refined in the U.S. on a well-to-wheels basis. (IHS CERA and Jacobs Consulting) Download Infographic

Don’t Misread the Inaugural Address

Pipeline opponents came out of the gate at a sprint this week, claiming premature victory after President Obama’s inaugural address.  With his commitment to address climate change, opponents interpreted his message as a precursor to a rejection of Keystone XL.  Yet the facts point to a different outcome.  Approving Keystone XL will not jeopardize the [...]