Paul Ryan Forces Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Citing False Job Numbers

Paul Ryan's new budget, which forces approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, only creates a measly 35 permanent jobs.
Jane Kleeb
March 18, 2013
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If Paul Ryan forces approval of the export pipeline a number of important environmental concerns won't be addressed, including the economic impact of spills and construction on landowners. 
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Reposted with permission from BOLD Nebraska. 

Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his budget, which forces approval of the Keystone XL pipeline by ignoring the basic fact that this is an export pipeline, headed to a refinery owned by Saudi Arabia, that will create only 35 permanent jobs.

"On the one hand we want to send Rep. Ryan a big box of tarsands-free steaks from Nebraska thanking him since these types of politically-motivated moves helped get the pipeline denied last time around," said Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska Director. "On the other hand, we are deeply concerned Ryan is citing false job numbers from the oil industry that have even been refuted by TransCanada."

The State Department review that finds the pipeline will create 35 permanent jobs, and job figures from TransCanada's Keystone 1 line that fell far below the oil industry’s claims, rely on fact rather than Paul Ryan fiction. 

If Paul Ryan forces approval of the export pipeline, here is what never gets reviewed: 

  • The Ponca Trail of Tears which the Nebraska re-route now crosses
  • Economic impact of spills and construction on landowners
  • Risks of water with a worst-case scenario spill 
  • Fundamental issues of property rights of a foreign corporation using eminent domain for private gain

"If Paul Ryan wants to be a shill for the Saudi Arabia refinery that would get these tarsands and take away property rights, then by all means stay the course," said Jim Tarnick, landowner on the proposed route. "If Paul Ryan wants to stand with American landowners and renew his belief in American energy than we have a speaking spot for him at our next rally."

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