One More Talk about PipeLIES

The Keystone Pipeline has clearly caused much turmoil in the midwest. Let us reiterate why the Keystone Pipeline XL must be stopped. images (1)

  1. The Keystone XL Pipeline will not create the jobs that it says it will. They skewed their statistics, and will not make all their hires locally. The jobs also will only be temporary, and they would go from over 42,000 jobs to only 50. thats an 89 percent decrease. Overall, TransCanada will not create jobs and give such a great benefit to the United States unemployment rates.images
  2. The Keystone XL Pipeline is ultimately dangerous. Tar sand emissions will increase cancer rates, and ultimately harm all of the populations that are near the Pipeline. The decreased air quality from emissions also leads to higher risk of asthma and heart attacks. Not only will more disease be caused, but it will also be caused in areas that are lower income, where access to proper treatment will be harder to come by and may be unattainable due to financial costs. As a country, how can we essentially commission death to our fellow countrymen?
  3. We already said how dangerous it is, but also we must look at the effect on what will happen in the case of a leak in the Pipeline. Ultimately, these oil spills could contaminate major water sources and kill entire populations of towns along the Pipeline, because of the sheer amount of oil and contamination of water sources. It also will ruin many areas of the country that will not have the funds to recover and rebuild.
  4. Gas prices will increase in the midwest, not decrease. They will ultimately rise .20 to .40 cents per gallon, which will have a negative effect on the agricultural and commercial transportation industry. Overall, this will cause more problems then it will actually help the economy.

This leads us to the real question: if it was your town sitting on the path of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, would you still support it?

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We know that we would not. The Keystone Pipeline XL must be stopped, and ultimately these long delays imposed on building them will hopefully lead to its demise. As we end our time blogging, we would like to thank our avid readers and urge you all to continue following the news on the Keystone Pipeline XL, so we can ensure that the consequences become problems that Americans never actually have to face.

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Breaking down the claims made by pro-pipeline entities

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Without exception, all arguments in favor of the installment of the pipeline deal with economic benefit. Keystone XL has been labeled as a domestic solution that would curb our dependence on the Middle East and other oil-producing nations, bring thousands of jobs to low-income areas with high unemployment and rake in billions of dollars in revenue. Sounds like a miracle cure, right?

Before we answer that, let’s look at the facts. TransCanada is the major backing organization behind the project. They’ve made some huge claims about job creation, which if true, could have a substantially positive affect on US employment. What they’ve said:

  • “The project would support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide.”
  • “The project is expected to create over seven million hours of labor.”

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Okay, so we’ve seen a few statements from them. But there are a lot of numbers floating around from a lot of different sources. To get what we hope is an objective breakdown of the facts, we turn to a study conducted by Cornell University and the Global Labor Institute. Together, the two entities looked into TransCanada and other pro-Keystone corporations and organizations’ claims about job creation. What they found:

  • The jobs counted are not all new jobs. They include existing Keystone employees and contractors.
  • Only 10-15% of the workforce would be hired locally.”
  • “Estimates do not consider the jobs that might be destroyed as a result of the pipeline and the expanded use of Tar Sands oil.” There have already been 14 oil spills during Phase 1 of construction. Spills threaten water sources that are vital to the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers and some tourism industries.

It never hurts to pull from multiple sources. The US State Department conducted a comprehensive investigation into the pipeline project. What they determined:

  • Construction supports about 42,100 jobs for the 2-year construction period. Per their definition, “A job consists of one position that is filled for one year.” Also important, “the termsupport means jobs ranging from new jobs to the continuity of existing jobs in current or new locations” (Sec. 4.3.3) Jobs would be temporary.
  • “Once the proposed Project enters service, operations would require approximately 50 total employees in the United States: 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors.” (Sec. 4.3.4)Only about 50 persons would remain employed after the two-year construction period is complete.
  • Building off the above finding, “This small number would result in negligible impacts on population, housing, and public services in the proposed Project area” (Sec. 4.3.4) The people who would migrate to the site to work on the pipeline would be left jobless, creating burdens for the project area after the pipeline is completed.

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When you hold up TransCanada’s claims next to actual findings, the discrepancies are apparent. The numbers that do match up, like the 42,000 related jobs claim aren’t put into the context or applied to the timeline of the actual project. Bottom line is, the claims made by TransCanada and other pro-pipeline entities don’t consider a realistic application of these claims. Keystone XL’s construction, as planned, would last only 2 years. With the end of the construction would come the end of nearly all the jobs it put in place. It’s a temporary fix, a band-aid to cover a wound that really needs stitching, not to mention some serious care post-trauma.

Meet the Bloggers Pt. 4

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Hey everybody, my name is Kevin Gomez, a junior Communications major from New Jersey attending the University of Maryland. To start off, I like some of you readers, did not know very much about the Keystone XL Pipeline Project when I started writing the blog.  After further research, I have found that implementing the pipeline would cause more harm than good to the citizens of the United States. This is due to the increase in greenhouse emissions the pipeline will give off, and the fear of a possible oil spill that could prove harmful for the terrain that the pipeline would run through.

Now that we have gotten my point out of the way, my goal for this blog is to provide the arguments for both parties in the debate about the Keystone XL project. I hope that you the reader, will take the evidence provided to you in order to make your own educated judgement on the matter. With that said, after following my future posts,  I hope that you all will be more informed about the project, and why it would be so devastating for our country to allow.

Meet the Bloggers Pt. 2

Hi everybody, my name is Allyson Gruber. I am a junior management and communications major at the University of Maryland, and originally came from New Jersey.

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When I learned about the Keystone Pipeline XL project, I was immediately drawn to the cause because of the impact it will have on the environment. Entire communities will be affected by toxic emissions from the pipeline. These emissions will contaminate the air, and even local water sources. This will increase illness, in areas where people cannot always afford to seek medical attention. People will develop breathing problems, and sometimes it may even cause cancer. None of these people deserve to have their area desolated by the government.

We hope that by creating this blog, we can educate people on why the Keystone Pipeline XL should not be continued forward. Until next time lovely readers!

Meet the bloggers, Pt. 1

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Hi, everyone! My name is Hannah Rosenberg and I’m a junior Communication major from Silver Spring, MD. This is a picture of my left cheek repping an anti-Keystone XL Pipeline sticker at a recent protest. Want to know how I got here? Read my story:

On March 2, I headed to Georgetown University via the Metro (and cabbed the extra 3 miles from Foggy Bottom) to join a group numbering upwards of 1000 in protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline. I’d never been to an environmental action. Students- my own age- had organized and brought this to life.

Coming in, my exposure to the facts fit into one of three categories: news coverage, youtube videos or conversations with my friends and family. When we reached Lafayette Square, I added a forth category. Speeches were made that invoked every emotion from anger, to passion to fear. Besides the environmental devastation that would be brought on by the pipeline’s installment, what really struck me was the type of communities that would be affected.

One protestor’s sign read, “The people affected by the pipeline can’t afford to be here.” I feel with complete conviction that this pipeline wouldn’t even be considered if the communities it ran through were filled with affluent, wealthy people. It’s infuriating to think that our President, our Government would allow this to pass because it can. Because the people who are affected don’t have the influence to stop it. They need to be heard, and quickly! This issue is actively unfolding, so it can’t wait. Consider signing the petition below to convince President Obama to go speak to the people of Nebraska–one of the states that Keystone XL’s would run right through. Even if you’re not sure exactly how you feel about this issue, the people who will experience the most immediate effects, the people who are already experiencing the effects, do, so let them be heard. Here’s the link: http://boldnebraska.org/obama