Keystone XL Pipeline: climate change

By KBJR News 1

November 16, 2013 Updated Nov 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Environmental change can come in many forms.

In a town hall forum on climate change Congressman Rick Nolan addressed some of the concerns that community members have on the future of our climate, and what may happen if the Keystone XL oil Pipeline is completed.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, an oil pipeline that is being laid down between Canada and Texas, has been drawing attention from citizens throughout the nation.

And while some fear for what may happen to the climate if the pipeline begins its oil transports, others, like Congressman Rick Nolan, have been in support of the continuation of the pipeline from the very beginning.

"We have hundreds of thousands of miles of them being run quite efficiently and environmentally safe," said Representative Nolan.

However, today in Q and A session with Representative Nolan, community members were given the chance to ask questions and voice their concerns on current and future climate issues.

"That means concern about the future for my kids and all of our kids," said Chuck Prentice of Minnesota for Climate Change.

Representative Nolan says he believes that the tar-sand oil pipeline would be built strongly and would not leak.

"From everything I've seen the pipelines quite frankly appear to be the safest and most environmentally responsible way to do it," said Representative Nolan.

While environmentalists believe a different type of oil should be used, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Tar-sands oil is pretty much the worst thing in terms of the climate change problem, because you have to burn a whole lot of natural gas to separate the tar from the sand. So you're producing even more green house gas emissions than by using other oil," said Prentice.

A debate that is far from over.

Many protests and rallies in opposition of the Keystone XL Pipeline have been happening nationwide.

Elsa Robins