EDITORIAL: A pipeline to prosperity

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Note from Christi:

“The president must quit stalling on signing up Keystone”


By: The Washington Times

Too bad that “Keystone” isn’t a solar field or a wind farm in the Mojave Desert. If it were, the White House could boast of the wealth and jobs such a project would create. But Keystone XL Pipeline is more than a fantasy. It would be a privately constructed pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada’s Alberta province to the Texas Gulf Coast, and its prospects are real.

To please his liberal base, President Obama downplays the pipeline, scoffing that the jobs it would create are but a “blip” against the nation’s needs. “They keep on talking about this,” he says, “an oil pipeline coming down from Canada that’s estimated to create about 50 permanent jobs. That’s not a jobs plan.” That’s easy for a man with a good job and luxurious digs in public housing to say.

The 800-mile Alaskan Pipeline, far less ambitious than Keystone, provides insight into the jobs formula. The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which maintains the pipeline, employs 811 men and women. An additional 1,200 contractors work to keep the oil flowing. The construction of the pipeline in 1977 was a major engineering feat, spawning a “second gold rush” that put 70,000 people to work.

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