New Studies Reveal Higher Level of Green House Gases From Keystone XL Pipeline
A new study related to the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline now reveals that it has a possibility of producing greenhouse gases that could multiply the previously estimated pollution by four times to global warming. The earlier numbers were given by the State Department and the new study has been published by Nature Climate Change.
The researchers are of the opinion that the U. S. estimates did not consider in their calculations that the added oil available from the new pipeline will lead to a fall in the oil prices which would be around $3 a barrel. This factor would prompt more consumption of fuel which would add on to further pollution.
The State Department had released its statement on environmental impact related to Keystone XL in February. They estimated that it was possibly boost emissions of gases that trap the heat by 1.3 million to 27.4 million metric tons annually. However, the recent study approximates it to be much higher which could be somewhere around 100 million to 110 million metric tons in one year.
Peter Erickson and Michael Lazarus, scientists with the Stockholm Environment Institute say, "The sole reason for this difference is that we account for the changes in global oil consumption resulting from increasing oil sands production levels, whereas the State Department does not."
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