- Nov 18, 2011
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The construction of the new pipeline is employing around 2,000 workers. For 2 years. After that, there will be 35 people hired to monitor the pipeline.Two guys driving a train of oil tankers, is not "costing thousands of people their jobs".No. We must never scream about costing people their jobs, when the project they were working on was going to cost thousands of people their jobs. Plus it is a matter of temporary jobs or permanent jobs.We must never build anything that will only result in a temporary boost, eh?The last time I was involved in a Pipeline Construction (the supply end) it was the same crew that would build and then move further down the line and build connecting pipes until the job was completed. Those 2000 jobs are fantasy. The Pipeline Builders won't be from the local community and when that section of pipe is completed, they move on. Most of their wages don't stay in the community. It's sent to their home bases for their families. And MOST of the workers will be married.Killed jobs? The pipeline would create around 2,000 jobs for 2 years. After that it will be manned by around 35 workers. All to move oil to the Gulf to be shipped to China. American refineries don't want the sludge oil as long as they have regular crude to refine.kill jobs and raise energy prices. FOR WHAT?
Before the pipeline the oil was being shipped via truck and rail. How many truckers, truck stop workers, mechanics, restaurant workers ect were put out of work by the pipeline? Far more than the 35 permanent workers the pipeline will employ.
The pipeline was not about creating jobs at all. It was about lowering the costs for the oil companies.
Each time, there will be a small boost in a local economy for just a short period of time. When the workers move on down the line, those local service jobs disappear and reappear at the next location. Any community basing their economy on the building of the pipeline will end up in serious trouble. They will go from boom to bust very quickly.
The Pipeline benefits Canada Government and the Koch Brothers (Industries) and other investors. Any US Politician that is touting this fantasy about how many jobs and the economic boon is getting money from the Koch Industries (Brothers).
There was a huge demand for this pipeline for a reason. By canceling this project, I promise you all the companies in Canada that are producing the oil that these pipelines were needed for, are now looking at alternatives.
If they didn't need the Keystone XL, they would not have funded it to begin with.
So what happens when they start shipping it to the coast, putting it on tankers, and sending it to China?
How many temporary or permanent jobs will be 'saved' then?
The rise of China’s refining industry, combined with several large new plants in India and the Middle East, is reverberating through the global energy system.www.worldoil.com
China is actively looking to try and take over the oil refining market, and this action by Biden may have been the exact opening they needed. China would likely fund a pipeline to the coast entirely, just to get their stab into the north American market.
Canceling this pipeline was a terrible terrible move. I would say, that unless this is fixed, and quickly... I think we will see some bad long term effects from this bad executive order.
The oil is currently moved by train and by trucks. I would bet it would not be long before you equal the 2,000 jobs. Because the trains and trucks will still be rolling in 2 years, 5 years or even 10 years.
Oh, and the 2 guys? There are also the people who maintain the trains.