Fact: The Keystone XL Pipeline Will Create a Shockingly Low Number of Jobs

Obama-Keystone-PipelineBefore I get started, I hate to break the bad news to environmentalists, but when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline – unfortunately, it’s a losing battle.  The thing’s going to end up getting built and we’ll surely pay for it later.

But pro-Keystone XL people shouldn’t get too cocky, because this little “pipeline project” has absolutely nothing to do with jobs.

That’s been the biggest lie perpetuated by Republicans who support this thing, “It will create thousands of jobs!  Those who oppose this pipeline are killing jobs!”

Well, maybe that’s a valid argument if you believe 35 permanent jobs will save our economy.  Because that’s about all the Keystone XL pipeline will create when it’s all said and done.

A statement Van Jones made on CNN’s Crossfire that Politifact rated as “True.”

In fact, in Politifact’s investigation they found that only a couple thousand temporary jobs would be created during the project’s two-year construction:

When looked at as “an average annual job,” it works out to about 3,900 jobs over one year of construction or 1,950 jobs each year for two years.

That’s after they crunched the numbers of contract jobs that would only span a few weeks to a few months at a time.

Not only that, Ian Goodman, president of the Goodman Group Ltd. (an energy consulting firm), said, “There’s very few jobs operating pipelines.  That’s one of the reasons why pipelines are attractive to the oil industry. They’re relatively inexpensive to build and operate.”

Basically, the reason why oil companies are pushing so heavily for this pipeline is because it won’t take many employees to run and maintain it.  In other words, they like pipelines such as the Keystone XL pipeline because they don’t create many jobs, thus are cheap to build and maintain.

And don’t even give me the other line of propaganda Republicans like to push that this pipeline moves us closer toward “energy independence.”  This is basically TransCanada using the United States to help piggyback its oil to the Gulf of Mexico where they can more easily sell it on the global market like almost all other oil is sold – to the highest bidder.

This entire project is just another great example of lobbyists and big money shaping policy.  This pipeline does nothing to help the United States achieve energy independence, and the total number of permanent jobs it will create is so incredibly low that it’s laughable to support the building of this pipeline under the banner of “job creation.”

But like I said, all signs seem to point toward big oil (as usual) winning this battle with our environment paying the price.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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