Oliver responded, saying, “On a net basis, I don’t see any increase on emissions.”
“That’s lighter crude, which has significantly lower emissions,” Oliver continued.
“The almost five-year review of the project has already repeatedly found that these criteria are satisfied,” a TransCanada spokesperson said in a statement.
“If Keystone XL is not built, it’s clear that the oil will move to market by truck, rail and tanker, which will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions to move the product.”
"We can look back at our record with pride and look ahead with confidence, because we have made good decisions," Harper said in Dolbeau, Quebec on Monday.
"Few countries in the world can brag they have an economy as dynamic as Canada's."
A shift to talking about the resource economy will likely give new life to environmental discussions, especially in the wake of the Alberta floods. It is clear climate change is happening, even if Conservatives deny it. As for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, he likes to preach "scientific facts" but managed to insult internationally renowned and awarded Climatologist James Hansen who spoke in opposition to the keystone pipeline project.
Obama's decision and the future of Canada's resource-based economy will be interesting to watch. While Canada needs to take advantage of economic gains in this sector, one must caution of the consequences of leaving all of one's eggs in one basket, and the future costs of intensified climatic anomalies. What do you think Obama will do? Will the new narrative help a beaten government, or cause a further rift among Canadians? Share this article and join the discussion and let us know what you think: Facebook, Twitter, Google+.