Heidi is a little concerned about the claims that the XL pipeline will bring tens of thousands of high paying jobs to Canada.
Looking at the proposed route only a small percentage of the line will be in Canada and reports say the route details have already been hammered out with effected land owners and that most of the pipe is stock piled and pipe laying equipment is ready to go . Still talking about Canada at the most to complete the Alberta / Saskatchewan section would be two years then everyone hired would be laid off job done. Now we need to maintain the pipe line and pumping stations , maybe twenty or so in a traveling crew. So for two years we have a number of good paying jobs , surprise this is just about when the next election is .
Now we are in the US were we have still states with buy US laws so really is any of the pipe or workers coming from Canada. This is the longest part of the line and will benefit a lot of workers while it is being built. Knowing the US they will not just start at the forty ninth parallel they will start at both ends and maybe even in middle and work both ways to speed things up . So again big benefit for workers for a short time .
Now the pipeline is built and the oil is flowing , apparently the tar sands is going to need to hire many many new workers . Heidi wants to know if somehow the capacity of the tar sands extraction process has all of a sudden increased not to mention are we going to purchase even more earth movers with CAT on the side of them . We all know how good CAT was to the people in London Ontario. Yes Steve Ontario is part of Canada.
Heidi thinks that instead of creating a small spike in jobs we should build a refinery at the tar sands which would greatly reduce our dependence on fuels produced in the US and also reduce the price of fuel which will ripple through the economy reducing the cost of almost everything.
Let us take a look at our options , we can produce a small blip in worker satisfaction and make a quick buck supplying the US refineries with oil they will refine and sell back to us as fuel and plastic. Not forgetting some of these quick bucks are going to head office in China. Or we can build a refinery and create long lasting jobs bringing with them revenue generators in the form of income tax, we can reduce the price of fuels and plastic to the average Canadian.
Heidi knows what choice should be made what about you .
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