McConnell & GOP push pipeline to create 20 jobs

If ya haven’t heard, the Keystone XL pipeline is back, thanks to Mitch McConnell:

Six Republican senators, including Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, formally filed an amendment on Monday to a highway funding bill that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

It is the latest move in an uphill battle by Republicans to advance TransCanada’s $7 billion project after President Barack Obama last month said it should be put on hold pending further environmental reviews of a new route for its Nebraska portion.

The amendment still has to make it into the bill, then get past the Senate and blah blah blah… more important, at the moment, is that you sign this petition and spread it around amongst all yer friends and families and socialist networks and so forth:

And to all your friends who are of differing views on the idea of the pipeline, you might want to point out to them that the “thousands of jobs” Republican leaders keep insisting the pipeline will create are actually… closer to twenty:

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, heralded by supporters as a major job creator, will add few permanent positions once the $7 billion project is built.

The number of people needed to operate and maintain the 1,661-mile (2,673-kilometer) pipeline may be as few as 20, according to the U.S. State Department, or as many as a few hundred, according to TransCanada.

“I don’t see a big jobs impact,” Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, said in an interview. “It gets the oil into refineries that already exist. It’s like replacing a bridge on the highway.”

(And that’s a story from Bloomberg, BTW, not exactly a lefty granola site. You can point that out to them, too.)

While the pipeline remains held up (for now… did you sign that petition yet?), TransCanada’s doing okay with 4th Q revenues up 39%.

2 comments for “McConnell & GOP push pipeline to create 20 jobs

  1. Solius
    February 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

    While, it might not take a humongous crew to maintain the pipeline, it will take thousands to built it. Sorry, but my fellow brethren, on the left, have wrong on this one. The oil sands will be developed(already have), and they will be sold(China, India). Of course, too, there is the up-stream jobs associated with the petroleum industry.

    This leftist won’t sign that petition. One must do what is right, but one must also be pragmatic.

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    • February 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      well said. there are significant environmental threats (and not just normal ones like an endangered weasel, but the breadbaskets water system) coupled with exaggerated benefits, jobs and otherwise, that must be taken into account. i am personally not totally opposed to such development — though the tar sands process is quite difficult — but it must be done intelligently if it is to be done. currently the GOP is trying to ram it down our throats under the guise of ‘putting america back to work’ when its primary purpose, at the moment, is a boon to an oil industry that shirks responsibilities both environmental and fiscal.

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