It seems like a dozen Dem Senators are not too happy with Obama right now:
Eleven Democrats Push Obama to Approve Keystone - Washington Wire - WSJNearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month.
Most Republicans support the pipeline, but the 11 Democrats who wrote a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to approve the project deliberately made it a one party-effort. While a set of bipartisan signatures can be a powerful thing in the art of Washington letter-writing, these lawmakers clearly want to accentuate the pressure Mr. Obama faces from his own party on this issue.
This pipeline will not supply any oil to the US at all. All the oil that is to pass through it will be for foreign consumption. The only reason the US wants it is to prevent the Chinese from controlling it. The jobs it creates will be limited and many short-lived.
This has nothing to do with the economy and everything to do with foreign policy. Do not fall for the talking points from either side, this pipeline is about controlling the flow of oil to other nations and becoming somewhat Putin like in our power of controlling the flow of energy.
So, yes the pipeline will need to be built and some will be needed to keep the pipeline maintained. And some new positions at the existing refinery may be added, but it will not be near what many on this thread are hoping for realistically. Again, the main point of US control of this pipeline lies in the key word control. I agree with this principle and idea. Any leverage is good leverage in the foreign landscape now days and being able cut-off Chinese gas supplies may one day come in as a handy tool.
I just wish the government would be upfront with the American people that this is a weapon that may be used in the future, and not promise lots of jobs that will never materialize, at least not in meaningful numbers.
The existing refineries have more capacity to process than they are currently using.
The additional Oil will require hundreds more direct jobs, and several thousand secondary jobs.
Turning raw material into finished product, has always been good for the economy,
In the case of oil, the market is there and growing, we just need more raw material.
The really good news, is the same refineries that turn oil into fuel, can make fuel from scratch,
when oil becomes too expensive.