facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Obama's stance on Keystone 'not logical'

July 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM   |   Comments

CALGARY, Alberta, July 29 (UPI) -- Keystone XL pipeline planner TransCanada said it was contesting President Obama's claims made against the project in an interview with The New York Times.

TransCanada aims to build Keystone XL to facilitate the delivery of heavy Canadian crude oil to U.S. refineries. A portion of the pipeline from Oklahoma is under construction, though a presidential permit is needed for the cross-border section.

Obama said in an interview published Saturday by The New York Times there was "no evidence" the project would create as many jobs as its supporters claim.

"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 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people," he said.

James Millar, a spokesman for TransCanada, challenged Obama's position in an email statement, saying the domestic section has already put 4,000 people to work.

"It is not logical to think a $7.6 billion infrastructure project stretching across the entire breadth of the continental U.S. wouldn't employ thousands of workers both in the manufacturing sector and in constructing the pipeline," he said.

Obama said earlier this year he'd weigh the pipeline against its environmental footprint. Canadian oil is viewed as more carbon-intensive to produce than conventional crude, though TransCanada says the environmental consequences are minimal.

Topics: Barack Obama
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Oryx Petroleum: Security improves in Kurdish north Oryx Petroleum: Security improves in Kurdish north
2
Gas capacity added to North Dakota shale Gas capacity added to North Dakota shale
3
Pakistan seeks coastal patrol cutters from U.S. Pakistan seeks coastal patrol cutters from U.S.
4
Advocates blast TransCanada pipeline proposal Advocates blast TransCanada pipeline proposal
5
U.S. producers say study backs end of oil export ban U.S. producers say study backs end of oil export ban
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback