Canadian Ambassador: Saying No to Keystone 'Is Actually Saying Yes to Higher GHG Emissions'

By Susan Jones | May 8, 2014 | 10:17 AM EDT

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer (AP File Photo)

( - "Going from 84 to 85 pipelines between our two countries -- we didn't think it would be that complicated," Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. He was making another pitch for the State Department to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

"To have people say no to the pipeline is actually to say yes to higher greenhouse gas emissions."

Doer noted that Canadian crude oil that is not shipped by pipeline is shipped instead by rail or truck: "And what are the consequences of that?" he asked. "Higher emissions, higher GHG, higher risk for people, again according to the State Department; and again, higher costs."

The oil is coming with or without the Keystone XL, he said: "And when you look out your window and see more tanker trucks, you see more tanker cars on railways, you should know it's a consequence, partially, of not approving a pipeline."

Rather than ship its oil to India, Doer said Canada prefers to "work in our neighborhood to have energy independence with Canada, United States, Mexico.

"So somebody has got to stand up and say the oil is coming down, and it's either going to come down on a pipeline or it's going to come down on rail and it's going to come down on trucks. Somebody's just got to stand up and say that, because it's higher emissions the way it's coming down as we speak today."

The Keystone XL pipeline would cross from Canada into Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to reach refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Obama administration last month indefinitely delayed a decision on building the pipeline, which liberal donors and environmentalists oppose.

And on Wednesday, a plan to force a vote on the Keystone XL fell apart in the U.S. Senate.