In a commentary titled “Energy Liar,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was quick to respond to inaccurate claims made by President Obama on the number of jobs the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to create.
In a hitting hard piece, Palin wrote: “President Obama’s claim that the Keystone pipeline would create ‘maybe 2,000 jobs’ during its construction is such a blatant lie that even his friends at PolitiFact were forced to rate it false.”
Obama minimized the pipeline’s effect on jobs Tuesday, saying it was a “blip relative to the need.” In saying their was “no evidence” that it would be a big jobs generator, Obama stated:
“…the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline – which might take a year or two – and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 (chuckles) jobs in an economy of 150 million working people. … That is a blip relative to the need.”
The project’s developer estimated the pipeline could create as many as 13,000 construction jobs – 6,500 a year over two years, and the State Department has put the number at 3,900 on an annual basis.
In drawing comparisons between the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf coast, and the Alaska pipeline project, Palin said to deny the benefits “is just ludicrous.”
“To deny the multiple benefits involved in building the Keystone pipeline – from job creation to securing a reliable source of energy from an environmentally responsible country like Canada – is just ludicrous, Palin said.
Palin’s commentary in it’s entirety:
LIAR ON ENERGY
President Obama’s claim that the Keystone pipeline would create “maybe 2,000 jobs” during its construction is such a blatant lie that even his friends at Politifact were forced to rate it false.
The Alaska pipeline is a good example of the boom created by construction of a pipeline – a job boom that continues to this day with thousands of workers on the North Slope. During its construction and pre-construction phase, the Alyeska pipeline project employed some 70,000 workers from 1969 through 1977. During its peak, that pipeline provided 17% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy – that’s billions of barrels of oil.
To deny the multiple benefits involved in building the Keystone pipeline – from job creation to securing a reliable source of energy from an environmentally responsible country like Canada – is just ludicrous. It’s more of what we’ve come to expect from the Obama administration and his lapdog spokesmen.
– Sarah Palin
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