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Showing posts with label US environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US environment. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keystone XL Looms; Obama Has Jobs Concerns!

Pipelines leak, spill or simply disintegrate.  How much more can our environment take?  Why did Canadian Provinces deny approval of a pipelines to the Canadian East and West Coasts based on unanswered environmental questions?

If you are an informed person, you know Trans Canada, Corp. is seeking approval from the Obama Administration to build a trans national pipeline from Quebec, Canada to Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.  The Keystone XL Pipeline, if approved, would also have pipeline fissures across the heart of the Midwest; fissures that would involve construction across to the nation's major waterway: the Mississippi River.  Consider the spills table above and think about a Trans Canada contaminated Mississippi River! 

The Keystone Pipeline already exist.  Trans Canada is seeking a expanded version of the pipeline: the Keystone "XL" Project.   Prior to my following issues related to the Keystone project, apparently President Obama approved the Southern Leg of the XL Project.  The Northern Leg posses issues not common to the Southern Leg.

Critical issues are as follows:

First and foremost concerns for the lives of First Nation original inhabitants of North America.  Additional issues are as follows.

I. Environmental concerns
a. EPA on Keystone XL: Significant Climate Impacts from Tar Sands   Pipeline 
b. Keystone XL - The New York Times
c. Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause Damage Beyond Spills (Op-Ed)

Oil produced from tar sands is projected to grow to 5.2 million barrels per day by 2030. Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.

If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.
If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.
II. Alleged Jobs
a. Cornell GLI Study Finds Keystone XL Pipeline Will Create Few Jobs 
b.  Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL (pdf)
III. Lobbying and political contributions
a. Open Secrets Dot Org:  Surge of Lobbying Fuels Keystone XL Pipeline Project
b. Think ProgressA Pipeline of Oil Dollars Flowing to Members of Congress Pushing Keystone XL Decision
IV. Politics (linked pieces above address this category)

Republicans have applied incessant pressure regarding Keystone XL Pipeline approval. A few noted Democrats (e.g. Harold Ford, Jr.) have also commented about the prospect of jobs associated with the project.  Jobs is a much a dog whistle for the GOP as their often used "food stamps" dog whistle. 

President Obama after many months of quiet regarding the project has come-out with questions about the veracity of  pipeline jobs projections.

Huffington Post GREEN via Reuters

"Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator," Obama said, according to the newspaper.  

"There is no evidence that that's true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we're talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people."

Credible sources have labelled Trans Canada 'jobs' estimates false and misleading.  We are hopeful President Obama continues his concern about inflated jobs numbers and factors-in (as we know he has) the amounts and level of contributions to 'friendly' US politicians.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project the US can do without for so very many reasons.