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New Report States that Keystone XL will Only Create 35 Permanent New Jobs

By Charles Kennedy | Thu, 07 March 2013 22:38 | 5

TransCanada have always maintained that the Keystone XL pipeline, for which they are battling to gain permission to build, will provide a huge boost to the US economy through the generation of over half a million permanent jobs.

A study which they commissioned in 2010 stated that the construction of the pipeline would create 118,935 non-permanent jobs, mostly in construction and manufacturing whilst the pipeline was being built; an additional 553,235 permanent jobs due to the increased US oil supply.

The State Department has just this week released a report which actually estimates a far lower number of jobs will be created by the Keystone XL pipeline. The one to two year construction phase of the pipeline will likely only create around 42,100 jobs, and this number would fall to just 35 permanent jobs in order to perform maintenance and inspections along the entire length.

Related article: Environmentalists Futile Battle Against Keystone XL

Keystone XL Jobs
A handy chart created by The Huffington Post to show the number, and type, of jobs that the Keystone XL pipeline would create.

The report also mentioned that the threat to the environment that the pipeline offers is far less than many have feared.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

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  • alamar on May 31 2013 said:
    Comment from John Energy (above). so true $40,000
    or so non-permanent jobs could put a heck of a lot of families back on their feet..that's big deal!

    Where are some other reports...they are certainly out there. Let's see them.

    Sorry, but reports coming from our State Department are no longer "the ultimate truth to me".
  • Jerry on April 17 2013 said:
    The XL pipeline would be a significant source of permanent and temporary jobs if it leaked a lot.
  • Theprinterlady on April 03 2013 said:
    My question to John Energy would be... at what price do we need the jobs? If you calculate out the billions we are putting into the project, and we get "x" amount of 1-2 years of jobs out of it... and only 35 permanent jobs... is it worth the money, the taking of private property, etc to finance those jobs? Additionally, there is some (growing) speculation that this oil will not cause a drop in oil prices here, but raise them. What effect would that have on our economy?
  • JC on March 14 2013 said:
    Whatever the number of jobs created by Keystone, they will be funded by the savings and wealth transfer pipeline companies get at private landowner expense via Eminent Domain.

    Worse, this forced subsidy also reduces the efficiency and productivity and profitability of the affected farms, as well as the ability of landowners to allocate their resources and invest the proceeds.

    The result is a net loss to the economy via government enabled distortions.
  • John Energy on March 11 2013 said:
    Construction jobs, by their very nature, are not permanent, so even if the number is closer to the State Department’s estimate than the original estimate, that’s still a significant number of construction jobs. Also, it’s important to remember that this is just one report. Many other reports have placed the number of temporary and permanent jobs created at much higher numbers, and the one thing America needs now is jobs, regardless of the number. Job creation is vital to putting the recession behind us and getting back on the road to sustained economic growth.

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