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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 27, 2013 7:53 PM Flag

    Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs, gas price claims

    Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs, gas price claims

    Ben Geman - 07/27/13 06:45 PM ET

    President Obama said the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline would not be a major job creator and could increase gasoline prices, but added that the White House decision will rest on climate change.

    “Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that’s true,” Obama said in a New York Times interview published Saturday.

    Obama, in some of his most extensive remarks ever on the pipeline, also said Canada could “potentially be doing more” to curb emissions from the oil sands.

    His comments follow his closely watched late June pledge that Keystone XL would only receive a federal permit if the “net” effects of the pipeline would not “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution.

    Obama reiterated that threshold in the newly published interview and said that would be the basis for his decision.

    “I meant what I said; I'm going to evaluate this based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere. And there is no doubt that Canada at the source in those tar sands could potentially be doing more to mitigate carbon release,” he said.

    Nonetheless, in the July 24 interview published Saturday, Obama took time to criticize several pro-Keystone arguments about economic benefits of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed project, which would bring oil from Canada’s oil sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.

    “[M]y hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that 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 a economy of 150 million working people,” Obama said, according to a Times transcript.

    He questioned the project’s benefit in other ways too as the State Department revie

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