by oldedude on August 8, 2023 7:34 pm
So "just" the Keystone XL background... The Keystone XL pipeline is a hotly contested multi-national construction project. If built, the underground pipeline would stretch across over 1,000 miles of Canada and the United States, carrying oil from the remote oil fields of Alberta, Canada, to existing pipelines that reach down to the Gulf of Mexico.
There is already a Keystone pipeline, and the Keystone XL is set to be an additional larger pipeline that runs parallel to the existing one in some places. Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline say that it will bring an economic boost; as proposed, the effect of getting more North American oil to the more well-established refineries in the Gulf of Mexico would mean that surrounding nations would need to import less oil from the Middle East. Many predict that this change would lead to cheaper oil and gas costs for the average consumer in North America.
President Joe Biden spent his first day in the White House signing a spate of executive orders aimed at undoing the policies of the Trump administration. One of them sparked outrage on Facebook over its effect on American jobs.
On Jan. 20, Biden signed an order that revoked the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a Facebook post published the same day, one user said the move would cost thousands of jobs.
TC Energy Corp., the Canadian company that owns the Keystone XL pipeline with the Alberta government, has said more than 1,000 people are out of work because of Biden’s executive order. The 11,000 and $2 billion figures cited in the Facebook post are estimates published by the company, but most of the jobs would be temporary.
I wanted to lay out both sides to y'all. Question. Would it be better to be paid $45/hour with benefits to work temp (union) or would it be better to sponge off the gov'mt fo' 1/4th the pay w/ZERO benefits?
These jobs are welders, pipefitters, etc that are hourly employees. In the US in this area (North Dakota, the Dakota Nations), they are typically indigenous workers who's job skills depend on "contracts."
They make good money, albeit they are hourly. So if they're not working, they're not paid.
by Indy! on August 8, 2023 8:11 pm
Ever been to Houston? If there's any place that looks like hell on earth? yep... Houston.
by oldedude on August 8, 2023 9:22 pm
I have. And if I weren't an Elitist prig, I might think the same way.
by Donna on August 9, 2023 8:47 am
There are many Blue states where there's oil drilling and fracking, od (see link), yet they aren't showing up on the list of the most stressed states. I think that's because issues like lack of access to healthcare affect considerably more people than cutting back on oil drilling.