John Boehner Caught Blatantly Lying About Job Creation by Fact Checking Site

Recently during a debate with a conservative I asked a fairly straightforward and simple question, “Outside of tax breaks for the rich, name me one bill Republicans have supported that would directly create jobs?”

Their answer?  The Keystone XL pipeline.

And I could see why they would think that.  If you listen to Republicans talk about the pipeline project, it would create tens of thousands of jobs and help America become more “energy independent.”

Sounds great, right?  There’s just one small problem with those claims: They’re basically complete lies.

Which is something House Speaker John Boehner knows.  But that didn’t stop him from recently making the ridiculous claim that delaying the Keystone XL pipeline since 2008 is “costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs,” a claim Politifact rated as “False.”

Boehner said, “The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs and nearly a million barrels of oil a day.”

Now, I can’t really comment about the “million barrels of oil a day” claim, but I do know that the oil that would be carried by the pipeline isn’t coming through the United States to make us energy independent.  It’s going to be taken and sold on the global market to the highest bidder.  Besides, it’s not American oil.  It’s Canadian.

But as far as the claim of “100,000 jobs,” that’s complete nonsense.

Boehner pulled this off a 2011 study that even TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, calls irrelevant.

That study calculated “jobs” by year.  For example, if they said 13,000 jobs, what they really meant was 6,500 jobs, each of which would last two years.  Not 13,000 individual jobs.

They also assumed there would be spin-off jobs like restaurants and hotels.

The vast majority of these jobs would be temporary construction jobs that would vanish in a year or two.

Want to take a guess on how many permanent jobs the State Department estimates that the pipeline would create once it was finished?


Not 35,000 or 3,500 – 35 – with no zeros at the end.

That’s the big “job creator” Republicans have been pushing for these last six years.  A project that threatens our environment, isn’t pumping our own oil, won’t do anything to help America become energy independent and will create a whopping 35 permanent jobs once completed.

And Republicans like John Boehner know they’re lying about this pipeline when they utter these kinds of blatant lies.  But they don’t care.  The entire Republican party is in bed with big oil.  Republicans don’t even care if they ruin our planet, just as long as these big oil companies get what they want.

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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  • Gary Menten

    Yes, I’ve often wondered how importing oil from Canada would make energy independent. Do Republicans not realize that Canada is a foreign country?

    • RBurton

      I’m willing to bet that 9 out of 10 Republicans couldn’t find Canada on the map.

      • Bob D

        I’m betting 9 out of 10 Republicans couldn’t find their ass with a road map and a GPS.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        the “think” GPS is “GOP” misspelled by some liberal communist Kenyan muslim socialist martian on MSNBC

      • Bob D

        What does this comment even mean???

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        it is sarcasm directed at the stupidity and ease of ‘ability” towards being led around with no facts or SPUN ‘facts’…….. addressing the the regressives on the right

      • Bob D

        Okay. Sorry been a long day and brain not functioning at 100%.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        understandable :))

      • Scara Atch

        I have to remember that one. Good one.

      • surfjac

        They routinely talk like “drill baby, drill” will end our dependence on foreign oil. They’ve always talked like that and the reality is no matter where the oil comes from, refined product is sold on the world market at prices set by that market. AND, not one thing the President does or doesn’t do has any direct effect on that price.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        I would luv 2 drill palin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, she is the only sexy republican

      • MLR

        You forgot Abby Huntsman. She is way sexier, way smarter and a lot younger. She is not on the verge of needing Depends.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        cute,,,,,,,,but NO TITS: that not ever my type…. I like natural buxom women that are slim

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      • surfjac

        You consider her sexy? You need a brain to be truly sexy something clearly not in evidence with her. But really, you consider her sexy? I thought I knew “sexy” and that ain’t it.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        anatomically she is sexy……. intellectually she is anna nicole smith
        that being said I would LOVE to harness palin for a night.
        …………………. then:
        give her back 2 her non sexual husband

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        but they love Canada dry mixers with their after-church social alcoholic beverages

      • Gary Menten

        And 9 out of 10 Canadians are happy about this.

    • lindylou

      Look how long it took Cruz to understand that.

      • standbehindtheyellowline

        Many T-partiers think Canada is in the USA. Go figure.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        he actually understands???

      • lindylou

        He finally renounced his Canadian citizenship. He still has to renounce Mars.

      • MLR

        I think it’s better if we renounce him. I’d gladly like to give him back to Canada.

      • Gary Menten

        We don’t want him. He’s all yours.

    • Eg Kbbs

      If I understand correctly, the Keystone XL will transport it to the coast to be loaded on tankers for other parts of the world. No oil for the USA.

      To make it worse, if you’re simply going to to load onto a tanker, you could have a shorter pipeline to either the Great Lakes / St. Laurence Seaway or to Canada’s West Coast, but Canada has refused that.

      • Gary Menten

        The St-Lawrence Seaway can’t accommodate supertankers.

  • jeff zimmerman

    what i get tired of is people dont realize…WE DONT GET ANY OF THAT OIL…WE HAVE TO SEND IT TO CHINA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE…BUY IT FROM THAT COUNTRY AND IT COMES BACK TO US…AT A HIGHER PRICE…well, that is how we americans do it…ass backwards…

    • strayaway

      Cheap natural gas has meant an advantage for some US manufacturers and its chemical industry. However, the Obama administration recently gave approval for another, #7, natural gas export facility; this time in Oregon. Facing the Pacific Ocean, there is a good chance that some of this gas is destined for China. With a greater demand for US natural gas, US homeowners and manufacturers can expect higher domestic retail prices. There is a law restricting the shipment of natural gas to countries that we do not have a free trade agreement with but the Obama administration decided that the gas shipments are in America’s national interest to override this law.

      I don’t support the Keystone Pipeline but encouraging the export of US fracked natural gas is in some ways worse.

  • u_go_guys

    The ploy to destroy: The conservative talking heads are tools of the Kochs. They (Kochs) are scared shitless because the Europeans are innovating new ways to capture energy; are switching to wind and solar by leaps and bounds to fuel their homes, trains, cars, and ever more to provide their energy needs. The navy is converting sea water to fuel. The Kochs are having laws written (ALEC) and passed in states to outlaw “off-grid” living, monetarily punishing those who install solar panels; down-playing the importance and feasibility of alternatives to fossil fuels. Bobby “Uncle Tom-raj” Jindal is a major Koch tool. He is being used as their propaganda engine to spread fear, hate, and to call for insurrection and instability (takeover of Washington ).

  • Jim Bean

    Uh, the fact that XL would create 12,000 jobs instead of 100,000 does not make the statement, ‘the Republican bill to build the XL would create jobs’ a “complete lie.” Its makes the statement completely true.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      james just joined the 70’s band,,,,,,,,,,,, ” the spinners” As LEAD vocalist!!
      notice how jimbo didn’t critique the JOB creation numbers and the fact CANADIAN OIL is sold overseas to highest bidder?
      he is now singing their 1975 hit ” they just cant stop it ( the games people play)”
      lets all hear it for jimbo!!!! regressive spinner nonpareil !!!!

    • Greg Weaver

      Sure, if the statement was, “The Republican bill to build the XL would create jobs”. Unfortunately, that’s not the statement. The statement is that, “The Republican bill to build the XL would create 100,000+ jobs”. Which is untrue.

      Also, 12,000 isn’t a valid number. The number of *permanent* jobs is 35. The alleged number of temporary+permanent jobs is still less than 12,000. And what people forget is, those companies aren’t hiring locals to do the construction. They truck in their teams, build the line, then they leave. People thought fracking would bring jobs to PA. Yeah, it did: cleanup and remediation specialists for the contamination. The actual fracking is being performed by out-of-towners.

      But I know, reading comprehension can be so difficult.

      • Jim Bean

        Greg sees the words: “The Republican bill to build the XL would create jobs”. Greg reads it as: “The Republican bill to build the XL will create less than 100,000 jobs’ and consequently comprehends the bill will NOT create any jobs. Unquestionably, one of us has a reading comprehension problem.

    • Bob D

      Spin,spin,spin. He said it would create 100,000 jobs period. That sir is a bold faced lie and there is no way around it.

      • Jim Bean

        The author said that the Republicans claim that XL would ‘create jobs’ was a ‘complete lie.’ In fact it was a partial lie. If you don’t want that to make a difference you need confine you discussions to people of your own kind.

      • Bob D

        It was a partial lie… Based on what? He said 100,000 jobs when in fact a small fraction is what it will produce. You should take your own advice is stick to listening to other ignorant RW talking heads.

      • Jim Bean

        I should listen to the shovel-ready-you-can-keep-your-plan guy instead?

  • Why5ks

    The largest owners of the oil fields in Canada where these tar sands come from is…wait for it…THE KOCH BROTHERS

  • openlyblack

    John Boehner lied … blatantly and on purpose!?!?!
    GASP! GASP! Nichodemus … bring me mah smellin’ salts … I feel a faint a’comin’…

  • MLR

    And you forgot to mention the problems land owners are facing with this pipeline. I’ve heard that if someone goes wrong with the pipeline on their property not only may they be responsible for the clean up themselves but they may be legally liable. I don’t know how true that is, but if it is true this is very problematic.

    • MLR

      I meant to say something where I said someone.

  • Stephen Barlow

    NONE of the tar sands sludge that is going to be leaking all over the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma is EVER going to be sold in America. The XL Boondoggle is completely and totally designed to make refiners rich and not one drop of the finished product will EVER reduce prices to Americans nor provide an ounce of respite from the imported oil addiction.

    The 100,000 jobs, When Boehner explain WHAT jobs those ARE, who is hiring for those jobs and how long those alleged temp jobs will last… I will try to believe him.

    THIS is the guy who told America on Lettermen or Leno that he tried to get his caucus to accept a floor vote on a Continuing Resolution to both Prevent and to END the Republican Failure to Legislate Shutdown. BEcause, just as with the unemployment extension, immigration and infrastructure bills… THEY WOULD PASS so he REFUSED to allow a floor vote.

    Last go round about XL, the rumor was 20,000 jobs. BT a fact check group found out less that 250 full time jobs and only 3500 Project only jobs. mostly welding, trucking and equipment operating jobs.

    Boehner is no different than a 6 year old, inventing numbers like gahjillion.

  • rossbro

    They’re just making noise that their ‘ Base’ would lap up and believe, then spew out repeatedly.

  • bronncohowie

    Boner needs to stop sucking Koch !