TransCanada Admits It Lied About Keystone XL Jobs

Proponents of the Keystone XL–an oil pipeline that would cut a swath across dozens of rivers, streams, and America’s largest source of fresh water–claim that the number of domestic jobs created by the project offset its immense environmental risks.

But in a recent report by the Washington Post, the company behind the Keystone XL admitted that it intentionally inflated estimates of the number of American jobs the pipeline would create.

The 20,000 jobs involved in pipeline construction? A fabrication supported by misleading mathematics. The 250,000 indirect jobs? A number based on one oil-industry funded study that counted jobs for “dancers, choreographers and speech therapists,” according to the Post.

TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.

“Thank heavens some reporter actually questioned this jobs number, instead of just repeating it,” said Bill McKibben, who is leading a major protest against Keystone XL this Sunday at the White House. “The only study not paid for by the pipeline company makes clear that there are no net jobs from this pipeline because it will kill as many as it will create.”

President Obama told a Nebraska TV station Tuesday that he would make the final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by balancing the potential job benefits against health and environmental concerns. “I think folks in Nebraska, like all across the country, aren’t going to say to themselves, ‘we’ll take a few thousand jobs’ if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health or if … rich land that is so important to agriculture in Nebraska ends up being adversely affected,” he said.

Well Mr. President, over 3,000 people will be on your lawn tomorrow, demanding that you keep your word. The Keystone XL pipeline jeopardizes American land and water, and will destroy jobs–not create them. Time to make good on your promise.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kenny West
Kenny Wes5 years ago

Why can't we negotiate with the Oil companies about the Keystone pipeline? Maybe if the oil company gave us a guarantee in writing that the the pipeline would reduce our gas prices, maybe I would be in favor. Why should we give them anything without guarantees? How stupid are we?

Michael MacDonald

Major infrastructure changes like the ones I'm talking about are one of the best ways to boost your GDP.

Michael MacDonald

we all saw this coming seeing as it was oil industry scientists making these claims,
but what would be really helpful would be mentioning how many jobs would be made by investing in green technologies such as horizontal wind turbines.
Not only would this mean incredible increases in manufacturing therefore GDP,
but most of the jobs would have to be local seeing as wind turbine parts are too big and expensive to ship.
I'd put everything I have on that creating more jobs then the temporary jobs that go with building a pipeline.

robin d.
robin d5 years ago

just another example of how some people are willing to put the amassing of more wealth for themselves ahead of the welfare of this and future generations.this type of person has no respect for truth or honisty

Robert P.
Robert P6 years ago

No real shocker here, you can never trust big biz to tell the truth if there is money to be made!

Estelita atti6 years ago


Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~Since they have it on record they they indeed lied and inflated numbers, how do they think we are to believe them ever again?~

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago

They lied go figure!

Bruce S.
Bruce S6 years ago

They ALWAYS lie about the number of jobs created when it comes to these big dollar projects that wastes taxpayer dollars in favor of BIG BUSINESS. In this particular case, not only are the jobs it will create a drop in the bucket, this project will also damage the environment.

Furthermore, no matter where or what they drill, there will NEVER be enough oil to support world demand in the future. If we don't start putting up windmill fields, solar panels and start building nuclear plants (yes, I said nuclear plants), we will wind up cold and in the dark in the, not so far, future. As for nuclear power, since the rest of the world benefits from them, any "accident" would affect us anyway. Why should we lose the benefit, while still having all the risks?