MYTH: “Keystone XL means game over for the climate.”
Fact: Keystone XL is an environmentally responsible project.
The tagline on which Keystone XL’s professional activist opposition has campaigned has no scientific merit. In fact, some of the world’s most prominent climate scientists agree that claim is nothing more than sensationalist hyperbole. David Keith, a climate scientist at Harvard University called, “The extreme statements — that this is ‘game over’ for the planet — are clearly not intellectually true”. Ken Caldeira, a climate researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California, says “I don’t believe that whether the pipeline is built or not will have any detectable climate effect”. David Victor, a climate-policy expert at the University of California, San Diego, “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time”.
In addition, two of Canada’s most respected climate scientists – Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart of the University of Victoria – published research in the British scientific journal ‘Nature Climate Change’. They confirmed the climate impact of producing the oil sands is nowhere near a ‘doomsday scenario’. The research found that even if every single barrel of the oil sands is produced (a near impossible feat), it would result in a cumulative global warming impact of 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, a study by energy research group IHS CERA found that Keystone XL “will have no material impact on U.S. GHGs.”
Keystone XL is a choice between construction of a pipeline that supports the creation of 40,000 American jobs and reduces America’s dependence on Venezuelan and Middle Eastern crude oil versus continuing to import oil from countries that do not share American values.