It’s 4:00 on Friday afternoon. Time to release a report with great news for the American economy, but which will leave hard-core enviros spitting, sputtering and gnashing their teeth.
The Keystone XL pipeline is all gain, no pain.
The U.S. State Department released its draft report on the proposed pipeline (Full report here) concluding that the pipeline will have little impact on the climate or the environment, but building it will create a jobs bonanza.
The State Department predicts that building the pipeline will create:
- Approximately 42,100 jobs across the United States;
- Approximately $2.05 billion in employee earnings;
- Approximately $3.1 billion in direct expenditures; and
- An undetermined amount of revenue from sales and use taxes.
At the same time the report concludes that the pipeline will have no meaningful effect on the climate, even if you accept (you shouldn’t) the dire predictions of the most extreme climate computer models, as Canada will extract oil from its oil sands with or without the pipeline. The oil would simply get to market through less efficient means.
Further, the report concludes that with the pipeline’s proposed mitigation measures in place, construction and operation will have no meaningful effect on the U.S. environment, or endangered species
The report has good news for the Canadian environment as well, “The Environmental Screening Report concluded that, with incorporation of Keystone’s proposed measures to avoid or minimize impacts and with Keystone’s acceptance of the NEB’s regulatory requirements and recommended conditions, implementation of the proposed Project in Canada would not likely result in significant adverse environmental effects. “‘
The report even gives the pipeline a passing grade in the politically correct category of “environmental justice” concluding that, “impacts to minority and low-income populations during construction may include exposure to construction dust and noise, disruption to traffic patterns, and increased competition for medical or health services in underserved populations. Such impacts would generally be small and short-term.” In addition, as “the risk of a potential release is roughly equal at all points along the pipeline, the risks associated with such releases would not be disproportionately borne by minority or low-income populations.”
How about signing some of those low-income people up for the 42,000 construction jobs and welcoming them into the middle class? How’s that for environmental justice?
The pipeline, as Marc Morano who publishes CFACT’s Climate Depot news and information service recently reported, will carry “ethical oil” from Canada, decreasing dependence on “conflict oil” from dictatorships.
The “climate change community” went straight into full reality denying mode.