06 Nov '11, 7pm

Fact check: Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not create jobs

Fact check: Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not create jobs

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green . Proponents of the dangerous Keystone XL project claim that construction of the 1700-mile tar sands pipeline from Canada to Texas will create tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of much-needed jobs across the country. "Jobs for the 99% !" proclaims a website funded by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The Wall Street Journal promises "13,000 union jobs ." On the House floor today, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) claimed the pipeline will create "20,000 high-wage construction jobs ." Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) says the pipeline will "create 14,600 jobs in Illinois." The US Chamber of Commerce claims the project will create "more than 250,000 permanent jobs ." "U.S. jobs supported by Canadian oil sands development could grow from 21,000 jobs today to 465,000 jobs by 2035," said API Executive Vice President Marty Durbin. Accep...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/oil/2011-11-06-fact-check-keystone-x...

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