Jan. 31 - The U.S. State Department issues an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, that played down the impact it would have on climate change. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The pressure is on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. On Friday the State Department issued an 11-volume report, downplaying the impact it would have on climate change. The report says the pipeline would not slow or accelerate the development of reserves that environmentalists say would greatly impact global warming. Canadian Minister of National Resources, Joe Oliver: (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE OLIVER, CANADIAN MINISTER OF NATIONAL RESOURCES, SAYING: "We welcome the U.S. State Department's report and are encouraged that it concludes that Keystone XL would not have a significant environmental impact. The Keystone XL project is expected to support 42,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity in both Canada and the United States and revenues to government to contribute to social programs, like healthcare, education and housing." The project involves building a $5.4 billion oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. This system could move more than 800,000 barrels of crude per day. That's something supporters say would reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports from countries less friendly to the U.S. than Canada. It would also create thousands of jobs. Secretary of State John Kerry will consult with 8 government agencies over the next three months before making a decision. State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN MARIE HARF SAYING: "I would stress that this is only one factor in the determination that will weigh many other factors as well and for Secretary Kerry climate and environmental priorities will of course be part of his decision making as will a range of other issues." Environmentalists say high levels of carbon dioxide emissions would have a negative impact on climate change.