Scientists: Key Parts of State Dept Keystone Review Are ‘Without Merit’

Letter from leading scientists is one of the more striking criticisms of the pipeline to emerge from a docket of more than one million public comments.

By John H. Cushman Jr.

WASHINGTON—Dozens of leading scientists in the fields of climate change, public health and ecology have told the State Department that the findings of its draft assessment of the impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline are "without merit in many critical areas."

In unusually blunt advice, they urged the Obama administration to reject the pipeline as not being in the U.S. national interest.
"How is importing the world’s highest carbon content crude consistent with national policy goals?" they asked. "Now is the time to make a serious commitment to place the United States on a lower carbon trajectory. If not now, when? If not here, where?"

Many of the 29 signatories, like retired NASA scientist James Hansen and Penn State professor of meteorology Michael Mann, are already well known for their opposition to the pipeline. Fourteen of the signatories were among a group of 18 leading climate scientists who wrote President Obama in January urging him not to approve the pipeline.

See Also:

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In Age of Electronic Democracy, Keystone Voices Get Wide Audience

Keystone Report Skirts Climate Analysis Required Under Law, Lawyers Say

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