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5 Reasons Why the Keystone XL Pipeline Is Bad for the Economy

Business  (tags: usa, politics, tar sands oil, labor )

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The American labor movement is once again facing a most controversial issue -- the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While the KXL debate has largely centered around the environmental risks, from labor's perspective opening up the Canadian Tar ...

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JL A (281)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 9:39 pm
I also remember analyses that indicated how short term the construction jobs would be and how many local permanent jobs from adverse effects on local economies in the route would be lost early in the information being shared while Nebraska had cold feet.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:11 pm
I remember that too JLA. I seem to recall that Boehner was saying 120,000 jobs and McTurtle was uping the ante. However TransCanada admitted substantially inflating the employment numbers so they could win the contract. At best there would be 4-6 thousand temporary jobs during the construction. After everything was complete, there would be 60 US jobs and about 600 Canadian jobs.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 8:59 am
North america stands at an energy crossroads . As cheap . Plentiful conventional oil becomes a luxury of the past . We now face a choice to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean . renewable fuels , or to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel derived from fossil an even greater cost to our health and environment . Noted , Thanks .

Michael O (176)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 9:19 am
Canadians cannot continue to be hewers of wood and drawers of water forever. We need to transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable forms of energy: wind, solar, and geothermal. The Saudis have understood this and are investing massively in solar energy so that they have something to fall back on when their wells run dry. Why aren't we doing the same? There are plenty of jobs to be had in these domains as well.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 9:21 am
Here is a new definition of madness : Running the economy on fossil fuels with climate change underway .
It is time to begin switching over to renewable energy in earnest
Those who say it's too expensive are simply doing bad math. What breaks the bank will not be green power , But global warming .
How ?? Heat waves & drought . Monster storms & floods . Lost property , livelihoods and lives . Far from being projections, these are facts on the ground today . Thanks .

J. William Hays (1)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 9:40 am

. (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 10:50 am
Has any of this been considered before Obama committed the US to this disaster? Aside from Salazar being a fool, I just don't understand the sheer ignorance of this administration.

James Maynard (84)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 2:51 pm
There is also a "story" being floated that this
oil/gas will stay in N. America and bring the
price down. There is nothing to verify that.
It will go to the highest bidder.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 3:32 pm
James I have heard that story too. But it defies logic in one sense. The oil companies want the biggest profit so the oil/gas goes on the market. There are countries who desparately want oil/gas so will pay a premium to get it --- more than any other NA company will pay. Additionally, from a political perspective, it behooves the oil giants to sell it outside the country so that the price of oil/gas stays high. Then they will find a way to blame Mr Obama and the Democrats when in actuality, it is their own greed that is driving the deal.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 4:28 pm

lee e (114)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 4:30 pm
Some of the issues not addressed, or not enough so in the article, is the devastation it actually does to both the environment and to the poor - especially the indigenous peoples of Canda, and the people of color in poorer counties where the "industry" feels is more easily corrupted.
The fact that there may be up to nearly 30,000 jobs created - it doesn't mention the fact that a lot of the longer term jobs will be "imported" from Texas/oil companies -- the carbon produced by this particular fracking is totally unreasonable -- they actually use "fracked" gas to mix in with the sand - and burn it off - to produce the most dirty form of gossil guel the earth has produced yet!
We already surpassed the amount of carbon that is safe for the planet -- this will nearly double it -- thus it is SUICIDAL - guaranteed!!! WTF!!!???
This is really serious and is not only AMORAL, but the propaganda from the industry only claims huge benefits in jobs -- not so --- a lie -- and dare we continue on this route? We need to stop all ALL fossil fuel development immediately, from deep sea drilling to mountain top sheering for coal, fracking - and now - the newer more deadly form of KXL -- I'm not an alarmist -- I'm a realist - and I do have some morals - unlike the deveopers that insist on destroying the planet -- oh well - I'm "reactionary" - - but I'm also old enough to know that I probably will not be dead from this - but I do have older children and a grandchild - who I will fight like hell to preserve from those who would murder them!

Roseann d (178)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 5:20 pm
It will drive up US gas prices too. Now that local refineries can get $20 more per barrel, gas that was intended for domestic, will likely go to China as well. The US gets all the risk and none of the benefit. Only Koch Brothers and other oil & gas bags will reap the $$$$.

Robert O (12)
Monday February 25, 2013, 12:48 am
It's bad for the economy as this great article highlighted and it's even worse for the environment. The supporters of that pipeline keep extolling the virtues of having it constrcuted all while trivializing people's concerns and marginalzing the potentia but inevitable harm it will do, ecological and otherwise. Thank you Lynn!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 25, 2013, 12:50 pm
The evidence is overwheming from more than one direction: the Keystone is a bad idea!

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday February 25, 2013, 1:46 pm
Great article---just clearly and factually discounts the proponents' lies. Seems to be enough info to present to Obama to nix this foolhardy venture.

Winnie A (179)
Monday February 25, 2013, 6:36 pm

Edgar Zuim (47)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:00 am
It's always the same story, and always wins the oligarchy. Screw the people.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday March 1, 2013, 9:09 am
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