Charges are coming from lawmakers and industry groups that President Barack Obama’s recent Keystone XL pipeline comments are baseless claims already disproven by his own State Department.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement according to a recent report in theHill:
“A president disparaging private-sector jobs while backstage at a jobs rally is beyond belief. The president’s own State Department reported that Keystone would support upwards of 40,000 jobs. In this economy, any source of private job creation should be welcomed with open arms.”
The DailyCaller mentioned remarks by the President earlier this summer which indicated Keystone XL approval should only come if it does not significantly contribute to global warming.
The point for him seemed to be then that this was an environmental problem rather than economic issue.
In an interview with The New York Times, DailyCaller reported that the president downplayed the economic benefits:
“My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that 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 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.”