In addition, Abbott Galvão said, “We can’t forget that the implications of Keystone for climate are not just a matter of calculating direct emissions. You also have to consider the signal that this sends to markets and governments.”

Friends of the Earth was among a dozen groups that sent a letter (pdf) to the State Department less than two weeks ago, writing that since the Department is open to considering other updates to its Keystone XL assessment, it should update its market assessment as well.

Abbott Galvão said that in its FEIS, the Department concludes that “tar sands development is inevitable, and if the pipeline isn’t built, [tar sands are] going to somehow get out otherwise.”

“We think that this is a fallacy,” she said, noting a series of projects that have been canceled over lack of pipeline infrastructure. This is something the groups asked in their letter for State Depart to take note of—evidence that “Keystone XL is absolutely crucial to tar sands development.”

“What this report confirms is what we’ve been saying all along—that because of this Keystone principle President Obama actually has all the information that he needs to make the decision already. He’s not going to be able to stay consistent or coherent with his climate commitment if we’re investing in fossil fuel infrastructure,” she said.

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