I understand your argument but we're already on good terms with Canada
So what good does that do us once the pipeline sends the oil to China? It's about security/economic and otherwise.
As for peripheral jobs...any time there is infrastructure built, it is a boon to towns along the way. We've been in the hotel/motel business for 40 years...these types of things are a boon to small towns along the way.
Oh yeah...Boone Pickens, although heavily vested in the energy industry, is a real idiot! Bet you didn't think so when he was losing BILLIONS on his wind energy investments!