Brit Liggett

Keystone XL Pipeline Could Add as Few as 20, Yes Just 20, Jobs Once Built

by , 02/15/12

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In Reports delivered to Congress by the U.S. State Department and several universities, and in statements by TransCanada’s Vice President, it has come to light that the number of permanent jobs created by the Keystone XL pipeline could range from as low as 20 to as high as a couple hundred. This number is a far cry from the tens of thousands of new positions that were discussed in Congress previously and is a new and important argument for those fighting against the $7 billion pipeline project. Republicans in Congress are pushing for the pipeline to be built quickly, partially to increase friendly oil supply from Canada, but mostly to help the struggling job market in the United States, and some estimates for the part-time job creation are as low as 2,500. A spokesperson hired by TransCanada recently told Bloomberg News that the construction of the pipeline could take just two years, meaning that after construction is complete, those thousands of trumpeted construction jobs filled by unemployed American workers would drop thousands unceremoniously back onto the unemployment list. Though President Obama recently denied the request to get the pipeline started due to concerns for its effect on ecosystems, Senate Republicans today are trying to jam an amendment into a transportation bill that would get the fire lit under the pipeline project by going behind the President’s back.

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So much for long-term job creation – this pipeline would be environmental suicide for the areas through which it passes and for what? A few thousand temporary paychecks and a hunk of steel — which will likely bring oil leaks of unknown proportions — literally cutting this country in two from top to bottom in order to bring a tiny fraction of the oil needed in the U.S. into our market. At highest capacity the pipeline will only deliver 1.1 million barrels of oil a day and at 2010 levels the United States was guzzling up a whopping 19.1 billion barrels a day. The “friendly” Canadian fuel would only make us 5% less dependent on that “risky” foreign oil everyone is dying to get away from.

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a hot topic in Washington recently as Senate Republicans have been attempting to get the pipeline started as sneakily as possible by tying amendments to the payroll bill in December and a current transportation bill in order to try to get the project greenlit without proper environmental review. President Obama has been attempting to put approval of the pipeline off as much as possible, calling for further environmental reviews and a redrawing of the pipeline’s path in order to push a final decision until after November’s elections. All the while, environmentalists — like those at 350.org, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council — are saying the pipeline should never be built and that the unavoidable environmental destruction will only lead to more dependence on oil – the main culprit in the climate change fight.

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4 Comments

  1. fcfcfc February 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Just say NO to Keystone XL..
    It is that easy…

    …..Bill

  2. dvbarry February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    It has been reported by the State of Nebraska that they currently have over 120,000 miles of pipeline so the State already has experinece with pipelines. Next, 20 employees is very low for the workers required for maintenance, pump operation, etc. Finally, overlooked is the number of refinery workers who will be able to remain at work with this new source of crude. Union workers in the US rather than in China.

  3. dynoproducts February 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    You people are something else. You think by stopping a pipeline you will save the world. The opposite is true. That oil is going somewhere else thru a pipeline to somewhere else. In the meantime gas is going to $4.00 a gallon and maybe higher. I have seen it happen twice during this most recent recession and It will hapen a gain. High gas prices will cause another mini recession. Everytime transportation fuel goes up, so does everything else, especially food. Don’t you care about people who do not have enough money to buy a new fuel efficient vehicle and are barley getting by. Higher fule cost will cut into their ability to pay for rent or groceries. My suggestion to you is everyone one of you who are against this pipeline, go out and buy an amarican made vehicle that get 40 mile per gallon or more. I did and I am FOR the pipeline. The best way to reduce to need for more fuel is to USE LESS. It can be done and I think you should show the world by example instead of ruining the economy for the rest of us. I am a card carrying Tea party Patriot Republican who wants a cleaner world for us and our grandchildren and we are all for solar, wind, alge and all of the other renewables but it is 10 years away before it has any reasonable effect. Before you ask everyone else to sacrifice, please respond and tell me what you are doing to reduce your need for fuel.

  4. caeman February 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Our nation’s energy security is worth the expense. Continuing to allow America to be a the mercy of foreign powers that hate us is a travesty. The development of alternate energy sources should continue, but the security of energy sources should not be underestimated. The extra supply that Canada will provide to America will force the Middle East to lower their prices from their outrageous current values. The price of gas effects the poor and low income the most, as those tend to be the people working driving further to work their low paying jobs.

    In the cry to defeat this pipeline, the cause of the poor is being lost. America needs this locally-sourced oil and it needs it now. Millions of low income families are depending on it.

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