What Keystone XL Means for California
Most of the debate over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has focused on water quality impacts in the Midwest and the global climate. But its approval holds wider implications for the future of North American energy infrastructure -- and for California in particular.
Keystone XL is just one of several multi-billion dollar pipeline projects designed to move oil from the land-locked tar sands of Alberta to sea ports that are the key to unlocking global markets. The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would send up to 500 thousand barrels per day to Kitimat, British Columbia, for export to Asian markets and to California. The Golden State, one of the largest crude oil market in the U.S., is expected to get half the oil supplied by Enbridge Gateway Pipeline. Refineries in California are already beginning to process tar sands.
The good news is that California’s clean energy law, also known as AB 32, and policies like the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, discourage expansion of dirty fuels including tar sands crude from being refined in California. The bad news is that the oil industry is mounting an aggressive campaign to derail implementation of clean fuel policies in the state. Their objective is clear: import more tar sands and other dirty crude oil into California no matter the cost to the climate.
Discouraging dirty fuel expansion from our state will help curb climate pollution and improve the health of California’s most vulnerable communities. And by reducing demand for tar sands crude, we’ll also help Canadians fighting dirty oil pipelines.
On Feb. 17, NRDC will join more than 20,000 expected to descend on our nation’s Capital to call for strong action on climate--action that begins with rejecting dirty tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL and limiting climate pollution. Here in California, we’ll also be joining thousands taking action in San Francisco and Los Angeles to stand against dirty energy.
Join to deliver a message to California lawmakers that we won’t stand down in the face of oil industry bullying.
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