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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Democrat Goes XL Pipeline And Leaves A Question Of Why

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The Progressive Influence has always taken strong and unyielding positions against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Our angst about the Trans Canada man-made structure across the heart of our nation was personified when we realized President Obama had previously approved the Southern Leg of the Pipeline. Some of us became outright indignant and outraged a few weeks back when we heard there is an existing Keystone Pipeline running north to south across the nation and Trans Canada simply wants an XL (much larger) version.

The following is asegment extracted  from a longer MSNBC segment with Chris Matthews, former Congressman Harold Ford, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D) Ohio. Towards the end of the segment, and embedded below, Ford's comments about the XL Pipeline are particularly disturbing and perplexing. Disturbing for obvious reason; perplexing because we cannot understand motive from his remarks. As you view the video segments, know that Chris Matthews' remarks about German rapid transit (rail),  airports and other infrastructure are dead-on.  I may not have been as attentive as I should have been, but I am not certain Brown added much at all to the discussion.

Democrats really should move the national dialog away from so-called scandals to forward-progressive issues that lead to jobs.  An improved employment rate and visible evidence of an improving infrastructure will go a long way on 2014. and that is the very reason the GOP will obstruct towards avoidance of those real improvements. 

U-Bahn at Jungfernstieg station in Hamburg
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Listen to Harold Ford and wonder as do I about his motives.  Especially, as I consider the following information.

Keystone Pipeline and proposed XL project

Yes, the US already has a Keystone Pipeline. But, as is the case with all things "big business, big energy and big oil, nothing sits in a static state. Those with power to buy influence and wield political power musty have bigger (and by association more dangerous)

The Enbridge Pipeline (image below) rejected by British Columbia based on unanswered environmental questions.  If you have followed environmental and big oil news over the past few years  the question from British Columbia to Enbridge should be easy to guess.  The questions center on spills concerns and spill response issues/concerns. It seems British Columbia has their "ducks in order" when dealing with big energy.  Mother Jones reported on Friday. 

For those who don't follow posted links, you might want to read this from Mother Jones before you view the rejected proposed "Northern Gateway" pipeline.

The Northern Gateway would have run from the heart of the tar sands in Alberta, through British Columbia, and to an export terminal in Kitimat. Anti-pipeline activists in the US are cheering BC's Gateway decision as a win against tar sands development. founder Bill McKibben sent around a statement shortly after the announcement: 

For years the tar sands promoters have said: ‘if we don't build Keystone XL the tar sands will get out some other way.' British Columbians just slammed the door on the most obvious other way, so now it's up to President Obama. If he approves Keystone XL he bails out the Koch Brothers and other tar sands investors; if he rejects the pipeline, then an awful lot of that crude is going to stay in the ground where it belongs.
Why dose the self-proclaim' greatest nation of Earth trail other nations in handling matters that affect our infrastructure and issue sin dealing with big energy?  The answer is easy: money!
Harold Ford spoke in the video embeds above like the classic "Blue-Dog" Democrat.  He is so close to all things conservative he appears and sounds like a Fox News pundit.  A midst a productive conversation about how the Democratic Party succumbs to issues that accomplish nothing more than advancing the Republican agenda while freezing the nation in a state of infrastructure danger and embarrassment. As Chris Matthews makes great points about airports, high-speed rail and highway projects, Ford differentiates himself from "his party", and mentions Keystone XL in the same sentence as the word "jobs.'
According to the Cornell Global Labor Institute Trans Canad's claims of 20,000 construction jobs and 119,000 manufacturing jobs is, to be civil, inflated.  
Cornell GLI’s new report, Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL (pdf)

Cornell University ILR School study highlights.

The report concludes that the job estimates put forward by TransCanada are unsubstantiated and the project will not only create fewer jobs than industry states, but that the project could actually kill more jobs than it creates. Main findings include:

    • The project budget that has a direct impact on U.S. employment is between $3 and $4 billion or about half of what industry claims.
    • 50% or more of the steel pipe, the main material input used for Keystone XL, will be manufactured outside of the U.S.
    • Jobs will be temporary and between 85-90% of the people hired to do the work will be non-local or from out of state.
    • The Perryman study, which estimates around 119,000 (direct, indirect and induced) jobs is a poorly documented study commissioned by TransCanada.
    • Job losses would be caused by additional fuel costs in the Midwest, pipeline spills, pollution and the rising costs of climate change.  Even one year of fuel price increases as a result of Keystone XL could cancel out some or all of the jobs created by the project.

    CBS Money Watch January 2012 "Keystone pipeline: How many jobs really at stake?"

    Yet exactly how much work Keystone, a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast, would generate remains in dispute. Transcanada (TRP), the energy giant bidding to build the pipeline, projects the undertaking would create 20,000 jobs in the U.S., including 13,000 positions in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing.  

    That figure, based on a report by a consulting firm hired by Transcanada to assess the project's economic impact, has been widely cited by Keystone backers on Capitol Hill. Other estimates advanced by supporters of the pipeline have been even more optimistic, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claiming it could create 250,000 permanent U.S. jobs.  

    But subsequent analysis suggests that Keystone's job-creating potential is more modest. The U.S. State Department calculated last year that the underground pipeline would add 5,000 to 6,000 U.S. jobs. One independent review of Keystone puts that number even lower, with the Cornell University Global Labor Institute finding that the pipeline would add only 500 to 1,400 temporary construction jobs. The authors of the September report also said that much of the new employment stemming from Keystone would be outside the U.S. 

    Transcanada itself cast doubt on its employment forecast when a vice president for the company told CNN last fall that the 20,000 jobs Keystone would create were temporary and that the project would likely yield only "hundreds" of permanent positions. 

    PolicyMic "Keystone XL Pipeline May Create Jobs, But At Too Steep a Cost to Be Worth It"

    We carefully chose sources for reference that are generally viewed as credible sources of information. As a former Member of Congress,  Harold Ford has to have access to and knowledge of the same and more data related to the real of phony jobs prospects from the Northern Leg of the XL Pipeline.

    You may have noticed we have focused solely on Ford's claims of Jobs, jobs, jobs from the project. Environmental impact issues have not been addressed as we have addressed those issue many times. Also the theme of this piece was Chris Mathews apropos comments about the Democratic Party and "the differentiator" Ford's claims of jobs.