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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:36 PM

 

Study Shows Impact of Keystone XL Pipeline More Disastrous Than Previously Thought

Study Shows Impact of Keystone XL Pipeline More Disastrous Than Previously Thought

Unaccounted for byproduct of tar sands: dirtier, cheaper version of black gold

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

As all eyes are on President Obama and his pending decision regarding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, new research released Thursday indicates that the pipeline's impact is much more disastrous for the planet than previously thought, putting a "strong nail in the coffin of any rational argument for the further exploitation of the tar sands."

Oil Change International’s new report “Petroleum Coke: The Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands” (.pdf) reveals that previous climate impact analyses of tar sands projects, though already appalling, are consistently underestimated because they have thus far failed to account for a devastating high-carbon byproduct of the refining process gifts the coal industry with an even dirtier, cheaper version of their black gold.

The menace, petroleum coke (known as petcoke), which is created during the tar sands refining process, emits 5 to 10 percent more carbon dioxide than coal and is "priced to move," enabling the continuation of the carbon burning industry.

"Commonly used as a cheaper, more carbon-intensive substitute to coal" the substance has already hit the market; the largest global petcoke trader in the world is Florida based Oxbow Corporation, reportedly owned by William Koch, brother of Charles and David Koch.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/17-4

Report found here:
http://priceofoil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OCI.Petcoke.FINALSCREEN.pdf

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JReed Jan 2013 OP
benld74 Jan 2013 #1
G_j Jan 2013 #2
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #3
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #6
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #8
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #4
SidDithers Jan 2013 #5
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Response to JReed (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:43 PM

1. It always effin is, especially if Koch bros are involved in ANY MANNER!

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Response to JReed (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:46 PM

2. Of course!

Just like clockwork...

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Response to JReed (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:46 PM

3. But Obama will rubber stamp it anyway

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:31 AM

6. I would've thought so too, but.....

Perhaps you haven't noticed just how much resistance people have had to the idea.....

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:56 AM

8. Hasn't Obama already approved part of it?

 

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Response to JReed (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:00 PM

4. You might know a Koch bastard would be behind that.

They only care about money and not the environment. I guess that's why they are multi billionaires.

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Response to JReed (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:01 PM

5. Good post, OG...



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Response to JReed (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:32 AM

7. 100,000 signatures

So... any "We the People" Petitions to sign?

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