Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan5
Obama’s Energy Initiatives Create Over 11 Times the Jobs Keystone XL Projected to Create
January 18th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
Obama’s energy initiatives create 68,000 compared to the Keystone XL’s ~6,000 (or fewer).
“Two of the Obama administration’s clean energy initiatives are poised to create more than 68,000 jobs, and even more temporary jobs, over the next few years,” Think Progress Green writes.
Both initiatives — which include the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic pollution rule and the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewables — are under attack from the right, labeled as job-killing programs. However, the data shows the programs are poised to create far more jobs than the much-touted Keystone XL pipeline numbers. Although pipeline proponents claim it will create ‘tens of thousands of jobs,’ upon closer examination, the pipeline would only lead to an approximate 6,000 temporary jobs:
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