U.S. says Keystone impact on carbon emissions negligible at first
POSTED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6:53pm
(CNN) — A long-awaited environmental report by the government on the proposed Keystone oil pipeline indicates the project would have negligible immediate impact on overall carbon emissions.
The report released Friday by the State Department is considered crucial to the Obama administration's eventual decision on whether to move forward with the project.
The pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast has been a political football, pitting the oil industry and its Republican backers against environmentalists and liberal Democrats who complain it bolsters the especially dirty fossil fuel production from the tar sands of northern Alberta.
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