So, even if the 20,000 'job-years' figure were true (which seems unlikely), it still would not true --it would be more like 6,600 jobs for three years... and then back to the unemployment line, except for a few hundred.Transcanada itself cast doubt on its employment forecast when a vice president for the company told CNN last fall that the 20,000 jobs Keystone would create were temporary and that the project would likely yield only "hundreds" of permanent positions.
Another reason for the discrepancy appears to stem from what that 20,000 figure really means. As Transcanada has conceded, its estimate counted up "job years" spent on the project, not jobs. In other words, the company was counting a single construction worker who worked for two years on Keystone as two jobs, lending fuel to critics who said advocates of the pipeline were overstating its benefits.
The Cornell researchers concluded:
The construction of KXL will create far fewer jobs in the U.S. than its proponents have claimed and may actually destroy more jobs than it generates....
The claim that KXL will create 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is unsubstantiated. There is strong evidence to suggest that a large portion of the primary material input for KXL -- steel pipe -- will not even be produced in the U.S.
Keystone pipeline: How many jobs really at stake? - CBS News
As to 100,000 jobs by 2015, that is simply bizarre... if the pipeline were completed in 3 years (my figure, for illustration purposes), there would be -- as the TransCanada VP stated above -- a few hundred permanent jobs left. An alleged boomtown gone bust. With lots of empty Kool Aid packets laying around, blowing in the wind, it seems...
Oh, what a tangled web the right wing weaves, when they first begin to deceive....
Canada seeks alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline
Yeah, this is so much a more preferable scenario...On Tuesday, an independent federal panel in Canada will begin its review of a proposed western pipeline that would carry the oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. From British Columbia, the oil would be shipped on tankers to oil-hungry China.
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Nobody is buying it.
Then they come back this year and say, "hey wait a minute, that's a conflict of interests..." and so now the study needs to be done all over again.
You want to talk about "dumbasses," take a look at the State Department. THAT's why the timetable was so screwed up.
Either that or the impact statement was fine, and in that case it also suggests Obama's avoidance tactics for not accepting it.
I think it's pretty clear that these are delay tactics, and that Obama never had any intention of making a decision before election day.
What I'm saying is that the American people are not that stupid.
Last edited by Peter Grimm; 01-19-12 at 07:15 PM.
Obama will drop another couple notches on this one. Just all the more reason to throw him so far out of office that we never see him again.
Most inept President ever.
This thing has been through more studies than any other pipeline in America...Why another year? Election maybe?“The Keystone Pipeline has been through three years and it’s passed every approval process as required by the law. Even the president’s own State Department has indicated that this thing ought to move forward,” Boehner said. “The Canadians are in conversations with the Chinese, and if we don’t build this pipeline to bring that Canadian oil and pick up the North Dakota oil and deliver it to our refineries in the Gulf Coast, that oil is gonna get shipped out to the Pacific Ocean and will be sold to the Chinese.”
“This is not good for our country,” he continued. “The president wants to put this off until it’s convenient for him to make a decision. That means after the next election. The fact is the American people are asking the question right now: Where are the jobs? The president’s got an opportunity to create 100,000 new jobs almost immediately. The president should say yes.”
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