Obama: Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t be a major job creator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jobs numbers and other benefits touted by supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are probably exaggerated, President Barack Obama told House Republicans on Wednesday, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.But Obama did not rule out a decision to approve the $7 billion pipeline, according to participants.Obama told Republicans at the Capitol that he’s still weighing a decision on the pipeline, which would carry oil from western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., said Obama appeared “conflicted” on the pipeline, saying that many of the promised jobs would be temporary and that much of the oil produced likely would be exported.But Terry said Obama also indicated that dire environmental consequences predicted by pipeline opponents were exaggerated.”He said there were no permanent jobs, and that the oil will be put on ships and exported and that the only ones who are going to get wealthy are the Canadians,” Terry said.A White House spokesman said Wednesday no decision on the pipeline has been made.Continue Reading…

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Obama: Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t be a major job creator


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