Pipelines or oil trains?

A group of University of Minnesota students were scheduled to join other students in boarding diesel-burning buses recently for Washington, DC. There they were planning to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and the global warming impact of carbon dioxide emissions from Canadian tar sands oil. There is actually little difference in emissions from the tar sands oil versus conventional oil, as nearly all petroleum emissions are from burning the end products like gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, etc. Those CO2 emissions are the same regardless of the crude source. Pipelines are the safest and most economic way to transport oil and gas. There are thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines in the US,...

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