In addition to the inflation of long-term pipeline jobs by TransCanada backers, the amount of jobs expected to be created on the mere construction of the pipeline seem to be grossly overstated as well. In a Bloomberg government report it was discovered that TransCanada is planning on hiring six to seven workers per mile of construction on the pipeline where most pipelines employ just four to five. They deduced that this could mean the company was overstating their hiring potential or they were planning on getting construction done quicker therefore shortening the amount of time each worker was employed. Though TransCanada remains stuck to its 20,000 construction jobs number the State Department told Congress and the President that number was closer to 5,000 or 6,000 and that the amount of “manufacturing jobs” for American factories is grossly overstated as well since most of the steel pipe to be used will be built in India and merely finished here on U.S. soil.
With big oil money pouring into campaigns in this election year this fight is surely far from over, but the news that so few jobs will be created by this behemoth of a project should toss a wrench in the giant cog that is the pro-Keystone XL coalition in Congress. The issue at hand today is stopping the current amendment to the transportation bill so Congress can’t go ahead with the pipeline without a proper review.
Via Bloomberg News
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