The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the many Republican lies that just won’t die. If you listen to Republicans tell the story, this is some massive job creator that would help the United States become energy independent.
The problem is, neither of those claims are true.
It’s absurd that Republicans have billed this as having something to do with American energy independence. This is Canadian oil that’s going to be funneled down to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped and sold on the global market, with much of it most likely going to China.
Let me repeat, this is not American oil being transported for American use. It’s Canadian oil being transported to be sold on the global market at whatever price oil happens to be at during that time.
And it will not create tens of thousands of jobs as Fox News host Anna Kooiman tried to claim; a statement Politifact rated as “Mostly False.”
Kooiman recently said on Fox & Friends, “And if you would just approve the Keystone XL pipeline, there would be tens of thousands of jobs created.”
This is a lie that’s been debunked before.
At best this project will create a few thousand temporary jobs spread out over two years. And that doesn’t mean temporary jobs that last two years. It means a few jobs that might last 6 weeks, while some others might last six months.
Not to mention when this “tens of thousands” number is used Republicans fail to mention that many of those “jobs” are speculative based on indirect job creation such as hotels or restaurants. But, again, those are temporary jobs – any boost to local economies via the construction of this pipeline would be very short and end after two years.
The reality of the Keystone XL pipeline and job creation is that when all is said and done, it’ll create somewhere between 35-50 permanent jobs.
Yeah, that’s the “big job creator” Republicans have been harping on about for years. Heck, you could create more permanent jobs than that by just opening one Applebees.
As we all know, this isn’t about creating jobs, it’s about the GOP kissing up to big oil just like they always do. But being that Republicans are masters at propaganda, they’ve somehow convinced tens of millions of conservatives that Canadian oil will help America become more energy independent and a single pipeline will somehow magically create tens of thousands of jobs – even though the reason why oil companies build these pipelines is because they don’t require many people to operate them.
It’s a good thing for Republicans that conservatives are often so gullible, because it takes a truly naive person to believe the total nonsense they’ve been pushing about this pipeline these last few years.