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

Petcoke: Just Another Scapegoat

Anti-fossil fuel group Oil Change International suddenly points to a little known petroleum product as the smoking gun for Keystone XL’s demise. Problem is: experts don’t agree. Top-line facts: The State Dept. didn’t ignore petroleum coke in its environmental analysis of KXL. The Department consciously chose not to include it beyond what was already embedded […]

A Second Look at the KXL Debate

Following last week’s presidential debate, The Wall Street Journal and its contributors addressed a debate-worthy topic in its own right that they say will undoubtedly remain a focus in this election season: the Keystone XL pipeline. Setting up a little debate of its own, WSJ invited president of the Natural Resources Defense Council Frances Beinecke […]

STUDY: Diluted Bitumen-Derived Crude Oil: Relative Pipeline Impacts (Battelle)

This report evaluated the claim made that dilbit is more corrosive than other crudes. This evaluation was benchmarked against conventional and/or sour crude, and was based on the existing literature on crude and dilbit properties and characteristics, data on pipeline integrity and results of engineering assays of pipe that has been transporting dilbit, with such […]

Once and Future Claims

In the wake of the NTSB Marshall, Mich. investigation, the National Wildlife Federation seized the opportunity to make a sweeping – and inaccurate – case against the transportation of oil sands crudes The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal organization charged with determining the probable causes of transportation accidents, investigated the 2010 Marshall, […]