A new study contends Keystone XL will add much more carbon emission to the atmosphere than estimated by the State Department.
TransCanada contends the study isn’t new and doesn’t reflect reality.
The study by the Stockholm Environmental Institute indicates Keystone would increase greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 121 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, much higher than the 30 million tons estimated by the State Department.
Ben Gotschall with BOLD Nebraska says the study confirms the group’s fears.
“This is just another example of findings that correlate with what we’ve been saying all along which is that if we’re really serious about reducing our emissions and reducing carbon pollution, this pipeline probably isn’t the best way to go,” Gotschall tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX.
The Stockholm study claims the State Department failed to consider what additional oil transported by Keystone XL might do to the price of oil. According to Stockholm, a drop of oil prices by $3 a barrel would spur consumption and, thus, create more pollution.
The Stockholm study was published by the Nature Climate Change journal this past weekend.
TransCanada sent an email to news media outlets, claiming the contention of the study wasn’t new, but first was published in November.
The email stated, “There really is nothing new here, other than another attempt by professional opponents to repeat old misinformation in the hope that they can delay Keystone XL – which is one of their stated tactics.”
TransCanada spokesman Davis Sheremata says the book on Keystone was written by the State Department.
“The State Department study is the most thorough one available. It is an invaluable reference,” Sheremata tells Nebraska Radio Network in a follow-up interview. “And I really suggest anyone who’s interested in learning more about the Keystone XL pipeline to go online and read it.”
To read the State Department environmental impact study, click here.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this article.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]