Re "A resolution for Obama: Reject Keystone pipeline" (Editorials, Jan. 1): Your editorial calling for the rejection of the Keystone XL is rife with misleading statements that have muddied the debate over this pipeline for years.
Crude oil from the Canadian oil sands will not "spew greenhouse emissions." No matter where a fuel originates, the combustion phase, or the process that occurs when you turn on your car, accounts for 70-80 percent of emissions. According to the State Department, Keystone XL is not likely to result in incremental greenhouse gas emissions.
Stating that oil sands crudes are more harmful because of their makeup is simply not true. The Congressional Research Service found that oil sands crudes are considered heavy crudes, which are extracted, delivered and refined throughout the world, including the United States.
Pipelines are widely considered to be the safest way to transport crude oil over land, and to ignore that fact is to ignore the science behind this debate.
-- Cindy Schild, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC