MYTH: “Keystone XL will provide little economic benefit in the United States.”
Fact: The Keystone XL Pipeline project will support the creation of 9,000 construction jobs in the United States – work for pipefitters, welders, electricians, heavy equipment operators and many more.
The Department of State noted in the DEIS that Keystone XL will contribute to America’s long-term energy security,support tens of thousands of jobs, and provide billions in private sector investment, earnings and taxes.
The DEIS report states:
- Construction of the proposed project would contribute approximately $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP if implemented.
- A total of 42,100 jobs throughout the United States would be supported by construction of the proposed project.
- Total employment earnings supported by the proposed project would be approximately $2.053 billion.
The first Keystone Pipeline directly employed 8,969 workers, the recently completed Gulf Coast Pipeline directly employed 4,844, Keystone XL will put 9,000 more U.S. laborers to work on this much needed critical energy infrastructure project.