Watch New Video: We Quit You, Keystone XL (It's Not Us, It's You)

The Post Carbon Institute, an energy think-tank, released a new video featuring a woman “breaking up” with Keystone. The Institute said the video comes as the controversy concerning Keystone XL, a pipeline that would connect Canada’s tar sands with refiners on the Gulf coast, continues.

A House Republican bill introduced yesterday would kick start the project if approved.

The Institute stated, “The pipeline debate is often framed in terms of whether the jobs it will create justify its environmental risks.”

The Institute disputes these arguments, saying that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Keystone XL from the State Department the project would hire only 5,000 to 6,000 workers over the three year construction period. Afterward, only 20 workers will be needed to operate the pipeline. The Institute also stated that oil industries are looking to increase their profit, and so this pipeline would increase oil prices. The Institute also pointed out an analysis by Herweyer and Gupta, which showed that with tar sands, the energy return on energy invested is an abysmal 5 to 1.

The Institute stated:

Jobs don’t justify the Keystone XL pipeline. It will raise fuel prices for Americans. And it further locks us into a future of declining energy quality and increasing cost. So, even ignoring environmental risks, the pipeline makes little sense. But we cannot afford to ignore those risks, as they imply real and enduring costs …  Wouldn’t it be a wiser move from a cost, jobs, environmental, and energy security perspective to invest our money in needing less oil? But breaking up is hard to do. One place to start is to stop subsidizing TransCanada and the other oil companies who get billions of our tax dollars.

AlterNet / By Alyssa Figueroa

Posted at July 24, 2012, 2:48pm

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