Fact Check: Keystone XL Will Not Reduce Oil Imports From Middle East

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not reduce dependence on imports from the Middle East, an analysis conducted for the Department of Energy revealed a year ago. The hope of getting away from oil from the volatile region is a favored talking point by proponents. “The Keystone project has the potential to significantly reduce oil imports from the Middle East,” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has claimed. However, an analysis by Department of Energy contractor Ensys Energy in December 2010 found that the pipeline would have virtually no impact on Middle East imports:

In contrast, efforts to reduce oil demand, Ensys found, “would result in reduction of oil imports from non-Canadian foreign sources, especially the Middle East.”

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