Keystone XL Pipeline – Economics and Environment Quiz

Besides news headlines and sound bites, what do you actually know about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project? Test your knowledge by taking the quiz below.

Oil Exploration in Watford City, ND - Photo:  Ben Garvin, ReutersI thought I was up to speed on the Keystone XL Pipeline until I was in the middle of writing an Earth Day letter to President Obama. In my letter, which was about the Keystone XL Pipeline, I intended to share the reasons I believe he should kill the project and ask him nicely to do so.

It seemed prudent to check for news about Keystone XL before finishing my letter so I took to the Internet where I quickly learned the U.S. Department of State had just issued a press release announcing the project review period was being extended, again.

Well, one thing led to the next, and I found myself on a major side trip to learn more about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Eventually I tore myself away to finish the letter and decided to share what I’d learned in a future post.

Keystone XL Pipeline Quiz

Test your knowledge of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project by taking the 10-question quiz below. Jot down your answers on a piece of scratch paper and save it on your fridge or bulletin board. The answer key will be revealed in the next and final post in this series.

  1. The Keystone XL Pipeline proposed route runs from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to _____ in the U.S.
    1. Houston, Texas
    2. Steele City, Nebraska
    3. Cushing, Oklahoma
    4. Port Arthur, Texas
  2. In _____, TransCanada submitted its original application requesting a Presidential permit authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline to cross the U.S.-Canada border.
    1. 2011
    2. 2007
    3. 2008
    4. 2012
  3. TransCanada Oil Pipeline under Construction - Photo: Earth First!The Keystone XL Pipeline would have the capacity to transport _____ barrels of crude oil a day.
    1. 1,200,000
    2. 650,000
    3. 1,440,000
    4. 830,000
  4. According to the U.S. Department of State, the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project is _____ to significantly affect the rate of extraction of oil sands.
    1. unlikely
    2. likely
    3. highly unlikely
    4. highly likely
  5. Crude oil shipped via the Keystone XL Pipeline would be refined and sold in the U.S.
    1. False
    2. Maybe
    3. Only if extracted in the U.S.
    4. True
  6. Green T-shirt that says Keystone XL Pipeline Means Jobs - Photo: Dallas NewsIf built, construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to contribute approximately _____ to the U.S. economy.
    1. $2.3 billion
    2. $7.8 billion
    3. $3.4 billion
    4. $6.5 billion
  7. During construction, the Keystone XL Pipeline project would support approximately _____ jobs.
    1. 42,100
    2. 89,000
    3. 64,200
    4. 26,500
  8. The proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline crosses _____ surface bodies of water.
    1. 576
    2. 2,047
    3. 1,073
    4. 942
  9. Canadian oil sands crude oil is _____% more greenhouse gas emission-intensive than the average crude oil processed at U.S. refineries.
    1. 5
    2. 17
    3. 23
    4. 9
  10. High end forecasts indicate the annual greenhouse gas emissions resulting from extracting, transporting, refining, and burning the oil the Keystone XL Pipeline would carry would be equivalent to putting an additional _____ cars on the road every year.
    1. 3,924,628
    2. 8,482,751
    3. 1,937,442
    4. 5,708,333

Stay tuned for the quiz answers and more about the Keystone Pipeline.

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Author: Linda Poppenheimer

Linda researches and writes about environmental topics to share information, spark conversation, and convince people to take action to keep earth habitable for all. She believes our individual actions do matter—it all adds up.

2 thoughts on “Keystone XL Pipeline – Economics and Environment Quiz”

  1. Well, I didn’t do very good on your test – only 4 correct answers out of the ten. Your information is very detailed but not surprising. Having an interest in ND oil and also having Canadian relatives, I couldn’t agree with you more that the XL Pipeline is not good for the USA or the Canadian landscape.

    1. It was a tough quiz; I wouldn’t have scored 10 out of 10 before conducting my research. Projects like Keystone XL underscore the complexity of tackling economics and the environment. It’s a dilemma without an easy answer.

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