TransCanada: Pipeline would not affect climate
by Matthew Daly, Associated Press
February 19, 2013 04:05 PM | 765 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Protestors march in front of the White House in Washington during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, as well as act to limit carbon pollution from power plants and “move beyond” coal and natural gas, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Protestors march in front of the White House in Washington during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, as well as act to limit carbon pollution from power plants and “move beyond” coal and natural gas, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of a Canadian company that has proposed an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas says the project will have no measurable effect on global warming.

Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have grossly inflated its likely impact on emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

Pourbaix said Tuesday that Canada represents just 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that oil sands concentrated in Alberta, where the pipeline would start, make up 5 percent of Canada’s total. Pourbaix said simple math indicates that oil sands represent just one-tenth of 1 percent of greenhouse emissions.

Opponents say the pipeline would carry “dirty oil” that adds to global warming.

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