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About 4,000 energy jobs will be created when TransCanada begins construction of a pipeline running from Cushing, OK down to Texas. This is the same pipeline that was rejected by President Obama back in early 2012, due to its course through Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive region, the Sand Hills. TransCanada has reconfigured the designs and route for the pipeline, which finally met with the president’s approval.
Obama’s initial rejection of the pipeline inspired fierce opposition from his detractors, who claimed he was keeping Americans out of energy jobs and reducing the country’s potential for developing North American resources. With the acceptance of the project, the president has proven that his initial rejection was indeed, as he claimed at the time, due to unsatisfactory early designs–not an attempt to thwart oil production in favor of green energy.
The pipeline will stretch 485 miles, and construction will begin in the coming weeks.
The Gulf Coast Project will allow Canada to transport crude tar sands to the Gulf Coast for U.S. refinement and use. TransCanada’s CEO and president said, “… the entire Keystone system will further help the U.S. achieve true energy security.”
The project’s critics say that, despite the energy jobs which will be created, processing oil sands is a more toxic, process-heavy and dangerous endeavor than other methods of refinement. Many think the Gulf Coast has suffered enough in the past few years, and its air is too dirty already to handle the pollution that will be created.
The number of permanent energy jobs that the southernmost section of the pipeline will produce is uncertain at this time.
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