Watching Government: Jobs and Keystone XL

During Bill Clinton's first US presidential campaign in 1992—or so the story goes—workers at its headquarters kept their focus by periodically glancing at a poster which proclaimed: "It's the economy, stupid." Fast forward to the spring of 2013—and the debate over the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, which is rapidly turning into a spectacle—and the message would only be slightly different. This time, it's the jobs. Officials from environmental organization have tried for years to minimize the number of jobs that would result if the project was built. They contend the number of permanent jobs would actually be quite small, and any others would simply be temporary. At an ...

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