Keystone XL Job Claims Wouldn’t Live Up To Hype, Experts Say
However, it would be unwise to underestimate the wings of the Democratic Party who are as against the Keystone XL pipeline as many Republicans are against Obamacare — especially the environmental activists who have as much power to fund ad campaigns as Americans for Prosperity. Tom Steyer, who has said he plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 midterms, said in February that he had not ruled out running ads against Landrieu for her views on energy and the environment. Some of Steyer’s past campaign ads have been as controversial and scathing as any run by Americans for Prosperity. Landrieu has said Steyer’s ads would probably help her chances at reelection. [Washington Post]
THE NOTION that President Obama once again delaying the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t political doesn’t pass the smell test. Democratic activists and potential progressive voters in the midterm would be furious if President Obama okayed the Keystone XL.
“As a member of Congress who represents hundreds of thousands of people in south Florida, I want to make sure the right decision is arrived at and that the president makes that decision carefully and doesn’t factor politics into his decision, which I don’t think he is,” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz [NBC’s “Meet the Press"]
The only thing that rivals it is Obamacare.
You’ve got conservative Democrats in oil states, like Senators Mary Landrieu and Mark Begich, railing against the president.
On the other side you’ve got mega donor Tom Steyer who’s driving conservatives nuts. John Hinderaker over at Powerline has a mammoth hit piece out today on Steyer that reveals the fear conservatives have when it comes to Democratic big money, but also what would happen if climate change became a real GOTV machine for the left.
On “Morning Joe,” Scarborough and Mark Halperin offered the conservative line on Keystone XL, which is jobs. They’ve evidently not looked at the fine print.
Short term, there will be jobs for everyone around here. Then, not many at all,” said Rippe, who helps maintain a gas pipeline on the Nebraska-Kansas border.
Rippe saw TransCanada Corp – the company that hopes to build the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL segment as part of a network of pipelines that move oil from Canada to refineries on Texas’s Gulf Coast – lay another section of the Keystone line nearby four years ago.
He recalls that there was well-paying union work for scores of local laborers and machine operators for several months. But the jobs dried up as soon as the construction was over. After that, there were just four workers overseeing pumping stations near this Great Plains town of about 60 people.
Secretary John Kerry is an environmentally centric politician. Unfortunately, once the midterm passes he won’t be the one making the decision.