Energy East would dramatically raise carbon emissions: Report

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

OTTAWA — A Pembina Institute report claims the proposed Energy East pipeline will increase annual carbon emissions by the equivalent of seven million cars per year.

Pembina, which gets some of its funding from the anti-oilsands Tides Foundation, says shipping crude from Alberta's oilsands to refineries in Montreal and Saint John, N.B. will massively increase oilsands production.

It's the only oil pipeline proposal that NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has explicitly supported.

Mulcair said in September that shipping crude to the east coast "will pay economic dividends for every region of our country."

He denies that his position puts him at odds with Pembina.

"I'm going to take the time to study the report in detail, but I've already had it presented to me," he said Thursday, insisting it's possible to meet Pembina's concerns and still build the pipeline.


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