The other day I was talking with someone about the Keystone XL pipeline and I said it reminded me somewhat of the story of the tooth fairy. Only small children could believe such a ridiculous story about a magical fairy who travels all over the globe, exchanging money for discarded teeth. At least with Santa Clause there’s some kind of an elaborate backstory with elves, a wife and a “naughty or nice” list. Heck, we even feed “him” cookies. But with the tooth fairy, the ridiculousness of the story is easy for children to overlook because we distract them with money or treats for their teeth. So they don’t really question the story about a fairy with an odd obsession with discarded teeth – they just want their money/treat.
To me, that’s what the Keystone XL pipeline is – propaganda that’s so absurd that if those Americans who support the pipeline would actually just think about it for a moment, they would realize how pointless of a proposal this really is.
The problem is, they’re too distracted by the endless stream of Republican lies about the tens of thousands of jobs – it absolutely will not create.
According to most Republican propaganda, they claim that this pipeline would create “around 42,000 jobs.” That number is at best highly misleading. It will create thousands of temporary jobs. Not only that, but included in that number are jobs they’ve speculated might be created such as motel clerks or restaurant workers due to these temporary construction crews being in the area during construction. But again, even those jobs are temporary and will probably vanish as soon as the pipeline’s construction is finished in that particular area.
Not only are these jobs temporary, but they’re not even good temporary jobs. Sure, if these were 42,000 temporary jobs that lasted a full two years, that might be a decent pitch for “job creation” – but they’re not. Most of these jobs will only last a few weeks or at best maybe a few months.
But when all is said and done, the Keystone XL pipeline will only sustain about 50 full-time jobs.
And let’s just look at a glaring reality that millions of Americans seem to not understand: This is not American oil nor is the Keystone XL an American pipeline.
This pipeline will take Canadian oil down to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped out and sold on the global market at whatever price oil is going for at that particular time.
Let me reiterate this again: The Keystone XL pipeline has nothing to do with American oil, helping America’s energy independence or anything at all to do with anything remotely related to the United States as it relates to satisfying our energy needs and demands.
This is a pipeline that will cut straight through the heart of the United States so that TransCanada can sell their oil at the going global market rate… with most of it probably ending up in China.
And what will the United States ultimately end up with? About 50 jobs and a massive pipeline over 1,000 miles long that will almost assuredly be responsible for some kind of catastrophic oil spill sometime in the future.
While Republicans distract simplistic minds with the false promise of thousands of jobs, these people never stop to ask themselves, “Hmm, how exactly will helping Canada sell their oil on the global market help the United States gain energy independence?”
Republicans really hope Americans don’t start asking that question because the answer is very simple: It won’t.
And the GOP is doing everything it can to distract Americans hoping that they’ll never figure that out.
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