Saturday, November 8, 2014

Senator Sanders on the facts behind the Keystone Pipeline

"When people tell you that Keystone is a jobs program, they’re not telling you the truth. According to the State Department, it will create about 2,000 temporary construction jobs over a two-year period, and then about fifty permanent jobs. If you want a jobs program, let’s rebuild our crumbling infrastructure Invest a trillion dollars into doing that, and create 13 million jobs, not 2,000 jobs. [...] This oil, at least a significant part of this oil is going to be exported to Asia. In fact, there are at least three different studies, including one at Cornell, which suggest that because of the refinery infrastructure, domestic prices will actually go up. So here we are doing something which will exacerbate climate change, will create a minimal amount of jobs, will enrich the companies that own the oil fields and who do the refining, and at the same time, raise gas prices in the United States. This does not make a lot of sense to me."

1 comment:

  1. Even Koch industries are boasting "job creation." When compared to the number of jobs a switch to renewable energy would create the number of oil-related jobs are laughably low.
    So, we have two fronts for many, many, many, many jobs: Regular infrastructure; Third Industrial Revolution (Renewable energy).
    Thanks to you and Sanders for putting these "jobs" in proper perspective. Sometimes the "win/win" propaganda that the old order puts out for our mindless consumption can mean "I win 100 x more than you win, and your win might actually be losing in the long run."


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