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Keystone XL’s Climate Impact Worse Than Thought: Study

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/11/keystone-xls-climate-impact-worse-thought-study
Published on
Monday, August 11, 2014

by
Common Dreams

by
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The President “is not going to be able to stay consistent or coherent with his climate commitment if we’re investing in fossil fuel infrastructure,” said FOE’s Luísa Abbott Galvão. (Photo: Light Brigading)

The climate impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could be worse than thought, a new analysis shows.

According to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, completing this fossil fuel infrastructure project, which would run from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, could lead to increased oil production. That in turn will cause a decrease in global oil prices, leading to greater oil consumption, the analysis states.

“We find that for every barrel of increased production, global oil consumption would increase 0.6 barrels owing to the incremental decrease in global oil prices,” the study states.

“If that’s the case, that’d be a big greenhouse-gas impact,” stated co-author Peter Erickson, a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Seattle, Washington.

The emissions generated as a result of the pipeline could be as much as four times greater than the State Department indicated in its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) of the project, as the authors say that the modeling used for the FEIS did not take into consideration the pipeline’s impact on global oil prices.

Erickson and co-author Michael Lazarus’ modeling showed that the project would lead to the release of as much as as much as 110 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually. The State Department’s FEIS, in contrast, found it would contribute as much as 27 million tons of CO2.

“It’s obvious that Keystone XL isn’t going to single-handedly cause or solve climate change,” Luísa Abbott Galvão, climate and energy associate at Friends of the Earth, told Common Dreams, but it speaks to what we’ve “called the ‘Keystone principle,’ which is the idea that we can’t be investing in infrastructure that’s going to lock in our fossil fuel reliance.”

In addition, Abbott Galvão said, “We can’t forget that the implications of Keystone for climate are not just a matter of calculating direct emissions. You also have to consider the signal that this sends to markets and governments.”

Friends of the Earth was among a dozen groups that sent a letter (pdf) to the State Department less than two weeks ago, writing that since the Department is open to considering other updates to its Keystone XL assessment, it should update its market assessment as well.

…(read more).

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Chomsky on “Football and other Sports”


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Published on Mar 15, 2013

Noam Chomsky explains sports, irrational jingoism, submission to authority, etc.

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Fighting, waterborne disease plague displaced South Sudanese


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 15, 2014

Eight months of civil war in South Sudan has forced more than 1.5 million people out of their homes. Even those who found shelter in United Nations camps around the country endure desperate living situations, made worse by the country’s rainy season. Special correspondent Nick Harper reports from the town of Malakal.

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Ebola epidemic to take six months to control


Al Jazeera English

Published on Aug 15, 2014

The World Health Organization says the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been grossly under-estimated. It says more than a million people could be directly or indirectly affected by the virus. That’s more than in any of the continent’s previous outbreaks, since the virus was discovered in the 1970s.

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The Ebola Crisis | Charlie Rose The Week | Laurie Garrett


PBS

Published on Aug 15, 2014

With more than 1,000 people dead in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Libera, “the response is so anemic, so much less than what is needed,” says journalist Laurie Garrett. Airdate: 8/15/2014

Connect with Charlie Rose online: http://bit.ly/CharlieRoseDotCom

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Why military equipment is in the hands of local police


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 14, 2014

Violent clashes between local police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the distribution of military equipment to police departments around the country from the U.S. Defense Department. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the concerns over the militarization of domestic law enforcement.

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Triumph of Panama Canal came with dangerous costs


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 15, 2014

A century ago, the Panama Canal — an enormous engineering feat that grew American commerce and transformed global trade — was completed. But the waterway’s history is complicated, filled with its share of fatalities and political tensions. Gwen Ifill looks back on the development of the canal, the boost it gave U.S. economic power and plans to expand.

Read the story here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/triump…

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US schools fight food insecurity


Al Jazeera English

Published on Aug 15, 2014

As many as 21 million school children in America are poor.For food they mainly rely on the government’s feeding scheme.But during the two-month long summer break, those meals are available to only a small fraction of those suffering from what the government describes as “food insecurity.” Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports from Baltimore

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Nagasaki Observants’ Push for Peace


Link TV

Published on Aug 15, 2014

This year Japan marked the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In an usual move, observants used the occasions to urge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carefully consider the implications of his campaign to revise the country’s pacifist constitution.

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The CIA caused a polio outbreak in Pakistan


RT America

Published on Aug 14, 2014

When the White House went public with its catching-bin-Laden story, they told every media outlet just about every detail of the raid possible. They even allowed a Hollywood blockbuster to be made about the event. There was so much leakage of information that Dianne Feinstein called for a criminal investigation. Among the leaks was the information that the CIA had recruited doctors to collect DNA samples to help find bin Laden by going door to door to vaccinate people. The Taliban learned of this and started banning vaccines. Now, there is a huge resurgence of polio in Pakistan. The Resident discusses.

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