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In reading the letter from Alex Cuda Tuesday morning ("Not Backing Obama," Sept. 18), my impression was the whole thing was light on fact and heavy on conservative hyperbole. When I got to the bit on the Keystone pipeline I almost choked on my coffee.
His assertion that it would create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs is beyond ludicrous. Most reports that I have read put that number at less than 6,000 jobs at the top end. The U.S. State Department and the Cornell University Labor Institute both supported this figure or less. On top of this, most of the jobs would be temporary. A high-ranking official of TransCanada, the pipeline builder, even admitted that it would create only "hundreds" of permanent jobs.
The two people in the entire world who would benefit the most from the pipeline are the Koch brothers, who would benefit on both ends of it to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Our president is right in refusing to sign off on it as it was originally planned for many reasons.
Mr. Cuda should follow his own advice: Do a little research and educate himself.
First Published September 22, 2012 12:00 am