1. Republicans Tying Keystone XL to Payroll Tax Cut

    Conclusions from Cornell Global Labor Institute regarding the Keystone XL pipeline:

    • 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.

    This doesn’t even mention any of the consequences regarding the climate system. I’m starting to think Rep. Boehner and some of the other Republicans supporting the pipeline and tying it to the Payroll Tax Cut either don’t know how to read or refuse to.

    2 years ago  /  22 notes  /  Source: ilr.cornell.edu

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