State Dept. official overstates Keystone jobs by a factor of 10
The State Department wants to set the record straight: When they said the Keystone XL pipeline would create 35,000 jobs, they were entirely correct, in some kind of number system where 100 equals 1,000. Otherwise, they may have exaggerated a little.
In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones should have said the pipeline’s indirect job potential was 3,500 annual jobs but instead she said 35,000.
Hey, but you know, no big deal — just a slip of the tongue! Except that Republicans and industry proponents of the pipeline are flogging the horse of its job-creation potential, hard, and that horse done DIED. Also, this isn’t even the first overstated estimate of Keystone jobs:
The Obama administration in explaining the denial of the pipeline in a report to Congress also said “the project would not have significant impact on long-term employment in the United States” and acknowledged that claims that over 100,000 jobs would be created by the pipeline were “inflated” based on a misinterpretation of the analysis conducted by TransCanada.
Naturally, the media is picking up the inflated claims, because ooh, shiny thing!
State Department sets the record straight correcting jobs creation numbers, NRDC.