- It will create jobs (State Department projects 42,000, and TransCanada projects 118,935)
- Stimulates the economy
- Increase oil production
Obama stated if the pipeline is built the best estimate would be 2,000 construction jobs and 100 additional jobs would be created. This figure Obama stated within itself does not make much sense. The idea that a 1,179 mile long, 36 inch diameter crude oil pipeline would only create 2,000 jobs is ridiculous. Now to put this into perspective, it took 10,000 workers to build the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1971 to 1973. (God bless those who lost their lives in those towers) 10,000 workers were needed to build the tallest building in the world, and 2,000 workers for a pipeline that goes across the whole country. The math does not add up there. Besides the fact Obama's own State Department disagrees with his projections. They project the pipeline will create 42,000 jobs.
GOP leaders had some harsh words with Obama and his fuzzy math.
President Obama joked about the potential job creating power of the Keystone XL pipeline. With our economy lagging, the president should be jumping at any opportunity to create jobs instead of bending to the will of special interests at the expense of out of work Americans.
A president disparaging private-sector jobs while backstage at a jobs rally is beyond belief.