Environmentalists should brace for disappointment when the State Department releases its environmental impact study on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Fox News reports.
The project’s opponents believe the Canada-U.S. pipeline would intensify global warming by transporting "dirty oil"
extracted from tar sands.
A March report found the pipeline would only minimally impact carbon emissions and the newest report, which could be released Friday, is expected to reach a similar conclusion, Bloomberg also reported
, citing anonymous sources.
In June, President Barack Obama said he would not approve the pipeline if studies found it would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
After he receives the latest report, the president will have 90 days to review it and decide whether he believes the project is in the country’s best interest, according to Fox.
Supporters of the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline project say it will create thousands of construction jobs. Environmentalists argue it will increase greenhouse gas emissions, while other opponents say jobs created by the pipeline would be only temporary.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Tuesday to blast pipeline supporters and deride tar sands oil as “the dirtiest on earth.”
"No one who is serious about reversing global warming could support the pipeline," he said.
Obama did not mention the controversial pipeline project during this week’s State of the Union address, though he was absolute in his thoughts about global warming.
“The debate is settled,” he asserted. “Climate change is a fact."
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