Waxman-Whitehouse letter to State Dept to correct Keystone XL analysis

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Congressional leaders challenge State Dept.on Keystone XL climate impact

The attached letter was sent to the State Department on July 10, by Rep. Henry Waxman (ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works).

The letter cites many original sources of scientific and other information about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The essence of the letter can be seen in the following excerpt:

In March, the State Department issued a draft evaluation of the environmental impacts of TransCanada's revised Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal. Unfortunately, that analysis contained significant mistakes in its assessment of the likelihood that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would have adverse effects on carbon pollution. We urge the State Department to do a better job in analyzing the effect that Keystone XL would have on the development of the Canadian tar sands and theaddtiional carbon pollution that would result, as well as the effect that Keystone XL would have on the quantity of carbon pollution produced by the U.S. transportation sector. We believe such an analysis would show that the Keystone XL pipeline fails the test the President set forth and must be denied. [Emphasis added]

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The letter has been posted online at The Daily Kos

Jones-State-Dept-Keystone-XL-2013-7-10.pdf5.93 MB