It addresses many immediate environmental concerns focusing on the pipeline route and its environmental integrity. This post focuses on a more fundamental issue. It restates the opposition of this blog to approval of the pipeline because if granted, the project would ensure a long-term commitment to continued and prolonged emissions of carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas.
The energy economy is likened to a zero-sum enterprise, balancing investments in conventional carbon-based fuels for energy, worsening global warming, and developing renewable energy sources, improving the global climate. The longer mankind accumulates higher and higher levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, the worse global warming and its harmful effects on humanity become. It behooves all nations to abate emissions and migrate to a carbon-free energy economy, sooner not later. Accordingly, it is recommended to deny the XL permitting application.
A first approval request was considered in 2011 with inconclusive results. The proposed route passed over important subterranean aquifers in
TransCanada has modified the proposed route through
Tar Sands. The oil available in