20 Jan '12, 8pm

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline, Missing Opportunity to Create 20 Jobs

What exactly did President Obama reject when he denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline? He denied a Canadian company the right to pipe their oil past Midwestern refineries and ship it overseas, tax-free. He said no to the chance to transport the world's dirtiest oil--it produces three times the carbon pollution and is more corrosive than conventional crude--through a major source of drinking water for the Great Plains. He rejected an opportunity to create about 1 billion tons of global warming pollution. On top of that, he turned down a chance to create 20 permanent jobs. That's the number we're talking about--20 jobs. According to State Department estimates , the Keystone XL pipeline would have created just 20 permanent jobs, and about 5,000 to 6,000 temporary construction jobs. A temporary job isn't necessarily a bad job, but this estimate is nowhere near the tens ...

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