The Myth Of Environmental Danger From The Keystone XL Pipeline

I’ve expressed my reservations about the Keystone XL Pipeline as a conservative who hates eminent domain, but there may be ways to get around that problem (as I learned from the comment to my earlier post).

The main popular objection to the pipeline is an environmental concern.

How can the pipeline pose a substantial risk to the environment? One class of objections are about global warming. It goes like this:

  1. If the Keystone XL Pipeline goes through that will increase Canada’s fuel production.
  2. Increased fuel will promote more fuel use
  3. Increased fuel use will increase global warming.

The first problem with this, of course, is that man-made global warming is highly doubtful and certainly unproven. The claim that there is global warming going on at all is doubtful.