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Showing posts with label CNN Crossfire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNN Crossfire. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Keystone XL Project Equals 35 Permanent Jobs!

I am also findng it impossible to believe people are actually falling in-line behind approval of this project . Even MSNBC's Ed Schultz has caved in support of Nothern Leg approval. Why hand the Koch brothers bllions more, lay waste to large swaths of pristine Nothern midwest states breadbasket land, to provide oil products to Asia?  Job?  Read on!


The Keystone pipeline creates "35 permanent jobs" after construction, according to a government report.

Van Jones on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 in a segment on CNN's "Crossfire"
CNN's Van Jones says Keystone pipeline only creates 35 permanent jobs

The debate over whether President Barack Obama should approve the Keystone XL pipeline often turns to jobs, but should it? Liberal CNN Crossfire host Van Jones says the pipeline is not the jobs creator supporters talk it up to be.

"Every time we have a show, somebody says something ... about Keystone, and somehow Keystone is going to create all these jobs," Jones said in the Feb. 3 episode of Crossfire. "Then it turns out, look at the actual numbers. It turns out the actual numbers are 3,900 temporary jobs in the construction sector and 35 permanent jobs."

Ralph Reed, a conservative activist who founded the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Jones’ claim is unfair because a long-anticipated report by the U.S. State Department says the project will create 42,000 jobs. Reed went on to say the report cleared the main argument against the project, that it’s bad for the environment.

We are fact-checking claims from each pundit about the project. Here, we’ll focus on Jones’ claim about the project creating "35 permanent jobs."

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would stretch 875 miles from Western Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect with existing pipelines and usher 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Because TransCanada’s project crosses international borders, the company had to file an application for a presidential permit. As part of the process, the president directs the Secretary of State to determine whether the project "serves the national interest." Secretary of State John Kerry has not yet issued a recommendation to Obama based on the study.

Obama is under political pressure from all sides, with environmentalists and Democrats like Jones on one side who want him to shut it down and Republicans and some Democrats supportive of organized labor on the other who say it would strengthen the country’s energy independence and, yes, create jobs.

When the State Department released its 11-volume report about the pipeline’s impact Jan. 31, 2014, the big headline in most news coverage centered on its finding that the pipeline project would not significantly contribute to carbon pollution. Some see that as giving Obama an opening for approval.

With that backstory out of the way, let’s crack open the chapter on jobs.

There’s plenty of debate over how many jobs the project would create during construction.

The State Department report puts the total at 42,100 jobs, though the definition of a job in this sense is a position filled for one year. Much of the construction work would come in four- or or eight-month stretches. About 10,400 seasonal workers would be recruited for construction, the State Department said.

When looked at as "an average annual job," it works out to about 3,900 jobs over one year of construction or 1,950 jobs each year for two years.

The rest of the jobs would be the result of spillover spending (formally called indirect or induced economic activity) as Keystone workers buy equipment and materials to complete the project and spend their money on an array of services, including food, health care, and arts and entertainment. As you might expect, it’s much harder to measure the widespread effect on job creation.

There’s no doubting that most of the economic activity comes during construction. Jones honed in on jobs after construction, which aren’t really a source of sharp debate.

"There’s very few jobs operating pipelines," said Ian Goodman, president of the Goodman Group Ltd., an energy and economic consulting firm in Berkeley, Calif. "That’s one of the reasons why pipelines are attractive to the oil industry. They’re relatively inexpensive to build and operate."

The report says the project would provide jobs for about 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors.

The full-timers would be "required for annual operations, including routine inspections, maintenance and repair." Some would work in Canada. The U.S. employees would work at pump stations along the pipeline route as well as a Nebraska office.

The project’s impact on housing, property taxes and service industries once in operation? Not much. Not much is known about the contractors’ workload except they would provide additional specialized support.

Still, arguments about the relatively small number of permanent jobs from the pipeline often belie the nature of construction jobs, which are comprised of temporary projects by definition, said Matt Dempsey, a spokesman for a coalition of pro-Keystone groups known as Oil Sands Fact Check.

"You build it, you move on," Dempsey said.

Our ruling

Jones said the Keystone pipeline will only result in 35 permanent jobs after construction.

The numbers, as reported by the State Department, back him up, though that’s the nature of any big construction project, be it a highway or monument.

Jones’ claim is True.


Friday, January 17, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: SE CUPP (Bobblehead)

We contemplated not running this piece for purposes that can be described only as political correctness (PC ).  After a bit of thought and a point-counter-point, we decided to do the right thing.  Our fear was apposite to the nature and scope of Right-wing ignorance (lack of information accompanied by emotionalism) and the simple fact the most ridiculous and unsubstantial arguments emanate from GOP mouthpieces who happen to be women. Yes, of course, we have sterling examples like Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Herman Cain, Allan West and Sarah Palin, but few right leaning mouthpieces rival the talking-heads at Fox News (Elisabeth Hasslbeck, Megyn Kelly, And Angela Tantaros) or the 'queen" of Bobbleheadery: SE Cupp , CNN Crossfire. 

Fox News is bodacious in its employment of women who add ratings flair to certain programming.  In fact, Gretchen Carlson recently commented on a Brian Kilmeade radio show that Fox women were never allowed to wear pants on the set.  UUUUM, wonder why?

When other networks adopt the Fox News model, or even tweak their news delivery with thought of pilfering Fox viewers they resort to similar hiring practices. We doubt CNN will ever clone Fox New's affinity for on-air leggy blondes (or legginess period), but the network has staffed at least one show with a focus on appealing to the more prurient of viewers.  

If you think, we are off on a sexist goose chase, recognize that MSNBC doesn't deploy the images and model you are about to see. 
Also watch for camera angles on news shows where women are placed on chairs and on couches. Watch, how the camera pans around the leg shots; in some cases as much as pointing towards show hosts and guests. (Exhibit: 16 shots in 4 minutes)
After validation of what might be the major attraction of SE Cupp, we offer a CNN late week segment that validates the CNN Crossfire host appears to fill a conservative seat, but is existentially a dull knife in the Crossfire drawer.

Suggested it might not be a good idea to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf, claiming it would be costly, ineffective, and may even cause more harm to the region.

There was a time when news and current event discussions were enlightening and informative. In 1996 the new broadcast network Fox News introduced a broadcast model that has contributed the diminution of quality news and the employment of entertainment personalities who add attraction beyond news readers. The Fox News insertion of legginess into news coverage greatly contributed  to what you are about to see and hear. It also contributes to LIVs (low information voters) who vote base don emotion vs. application of common sense.  The legginess provides certain thrills for some, but adds nothing to feeding cognitive processes of its viewers. Sex in news provides fertile ground for Right-wing propaganda and media manipulation. 

SE CUPP: Out of here league regarding intellect discussion of income disparity, wages and labor. Unfortunately, her Crossfire role placed her in an arena with a formidable intellectual with US Cabinet level experience topped-off with requite skills and competency for employment as a professor at the University of California-Berkeley.

Transcript and analysis of SE Cupp "Bobbleheadism" via the Daily Kos: Linked.