Keystone XL Pipeline will Wreck the Environment, BUT it will Create FIFTY Jobs!!!
Sometime in 1969 or 1970, President Nixon sealed off the U.S. Mexico border — Operation Intercept — for several days, in order to crack down on drug smuggling. There was a comedy skit where one of Nixon's advisers is telling him: “Tourist traffic hasn't moved in days, the economy has lost millions of dollars, the Mexican government is threatening to cut off diplomatic ties with the United States, AND — we scored three joints!”
At least that was only a comedy skit. Now, fast forward forty-five years (and this is not satire): The fossil fuel industry is ordering its prostitutes in Congress to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil from Canada to Texas, where this oil will be refined and then shipped overseas. The Keystone XL Pipeline will drastically speed up the climate change process, jeopardize the water supply for about one fourth of the United States population, AND it will Create FIFTY Jobs!!!
The linked article is titled “Sorry, Republicans, the Keystone XL Pipeline is not a jobs agenda.” I think the title is inaccurate. Republicans don't give a flying fuck about jobs or people who work for a living. “Jobs!!!” is one of their favorite soundbites, a mating call to their useful idiots. Nothing more.
The article should be directed at the misguided Democrats who mistakenly believe the Keystone XL Pipeline will create jobs. It won't. But the GOP has shrewdly turned this into a wedge issue between environmentalists and labor unions.
According to the linked article: “Generous estimates predict that the pipeline would create around 42,000 temporary jobs — about 2,000 construction jobs and the rest in supplying goods and services. How many long-term jobs? Fifty. That's right, 50 whole long-term jobs."
Got that? Come on Democrats and labor unions — we need to stand together on this. There aren't enough Republicans in the Senate to override President Obama's promised veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline. They'll need some Democrats to falter and start believing the “Jobs!!!” hype. Don't.
And if President Obama vetoes a must-pass spending bill because there's a Keystone XL Pipeline amendment attached to it, we need to stand together and make sure the blame goes to the right parties: the fossil fuel industry and its “global warming is a hoax” useful idiots.