1. What that report does not discuss is the number of jobs that will be created in this country full time, making pumps, valves, associated hardware, transmission systems, and flow controls. These products will be redundant at each pumping station, and will require routine maintenance and replacement.
Yes, I work in the oil industry. My company, based in Tulsa, manufactures a number of high pressure, high temperature products for the O&G exploration and well completion. Every piece of equipment that comes off our manufacturing floor is made in the USA, including the forged steel castings used for this equipment. No, my company will not directly benefit from Keystone XL...except where we (the US) will now have greater capacity to transport oil from North Dakota (see point 5 below), which should mean more drilling...which is where we sell our products.
2. Yes, the number of construction workers, surveyors, and engineers building the pipeline will ultimately not be required. They will be replaced by the maintenance personnel, other inspectors, and pump station operators. Those are long term, American jobs.
3. I take real issue with the report's stance that pipelines result in oilspills; the report cited 2010 as an example. Well, 2010 was not a good year...can anyone say Deepwater Horizon?
4. The report makes a statement that the pipeline "diverts these tar sand oils from refineries in the mindwest...". Yes, it does. Anyone want to know why? The refineries in the upper midwest cannot handle heavy bituminous oil...it has to go to Texas, where we have established refineries that can handle this type of oil.
5. Lastly, everyone seems to forget another little oilfield called Bakken Formation. Right now, we cannot transport the oil coming from this field at the rate we could actually produce it...Keystone XL will be able to transport Bakken shale oil to additional refineries in OK and TX.
For some reason, I cannot link one of the better energy sites on the web; go to PennEnergy.com, and once on their site, search for "keystone pipline XL". There is a wealth of information there, including real and actual jobs this pipeline will create.
The pipeline is a good thing for America. We need the oil, we need the jobs. We need the pipeline.