Dilemma: 20,000+ jobs, or clean energy?
It would seem that the Labor/Green coalition is not on the same page with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would pump “tar sands” from Canada to Texas and create 20,000+ private sector construction jobs, but it could put Midwest aquifers (that supply water for the “American bread basket”) at risk if anything goes wrong.
IBEW: Construction Workers Tell Obama: ‘We Can’t Wait’ for Keystone XL Jobs
“The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO has launched a new campaign encouraging President Obama to take action on good construction jobs by supporting the Keystone XL pipeline project.
The proposed $7 billion project would transport unrefined petroleum from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, creating an estimated 20,000 private sector positions”
Building Trades President Mark Ayers wrote on Huffington Post:
[I]t is America’s workers who are clamoring for the expedited approval of this important project. As President Obama has rightfully declared when it comes to the creation of jobs, “WE CAN’T WAIT.”
Clean Energy President Embraces Dirty, Dangerous, and Expensive Future:
“So begins a November 3rd story from Reuters assessing the potential political fallout from an administration decision to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada Corp’s plan to move crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in Texas.
Back in 2008, Obama the candidate seemed to understand the threat posed by global warming, and he spoke often of moving away from carbon-heavy fuel sources like tar sands. Now, a good part of what is considered the president’s “base,” it seems, understands that the transcontinental pipeline is not only a danger to farmlands and aquifers, but also a betrayal of a campaign promise.”
Unsure. America is hurting for jobs, but we need to get off oil. Until the glorious oil-free day arrives though, this could help the pain at the pump for the working class. Pardon my French: If this pipeline gets fucked up and it fucks up the Midwest’s ground water, then we’re super fucked. So I guess it depends: Either everything goes well: We get cheaper North American gas (in theory) and put tens of thousands of union workers back on the job. Of course this still means that we pump carbon into the air. Or: Everything goes wrong and we screw Midwest farming up forever. Or: We don’t go through with it and don’t create 20,000 good-paying private sector jobs. As I said: dilemma.