Keystone delay increases greenhouse gases: Ambassador

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L), walks with Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L), walks with Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer (C). REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador in Washington says the U.S. State Department’s decision to indefinitely extend the Keystone XL approval process will exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions.

Gary Doer responded Saturday to yet another delay in a process that is stretching six years for the White House to issue a permit to complete the TransCanada Corp. pipeline or reject it outright.

Doer cited the department’s own conclusions that found the pipeline is safer and would generate fewer emissions — anywhere between 28% and 42% less — than rail or truck, which have both seen a spike in traffic because of pipeline woes.

“So if the administration at the end of the day says no, they are actually saying yes to higher emissions, “Doer told QMI Agency.

Doer is not alone in his assessment of a project that would bring Alberta crude to refineries on the Gulf Coast, creating thousands of jobs along the way and providing Uncle Sam with energy security.


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