There’s no real benefit in jobs. There was talk of 100,000 jobs, and then 20,000, but independent analysis put the number at 5,000. Now they say that one of their employees bought a truck in East Texas. It turns out there are almost no local jobs and even if there were, they won’t last very long.
There’s no benefit in energy independence. There is a world market and a world price for oil. All the oil is for sale to the highest bidder. Alaska oil goes to Japan. There will be no benefit to the public if this pipeline is built.
Wouldn’t it be easier to ship it to the East or West coast of Canada? It would, but the Canadians don’t want this dangerous pipeline in their country.
Not only are the benefits almost non-existent, but there are very real detriments. This pipeline puts at risk the water supply of 60 Texas counties that depend on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer for their supply of water. Unlike crude oil, bitumen cannot be cleaned up because it sinks in water and will pollute our aquifer when the pipeline leaks.
Who really benefits? China, Saudi Arabia and Exxon are some of the major investors in tar sands oil.
Figure it out for yourself.