In a remarkably revealing moment on ABC News this week, CEO of TransCanada Bill Grilling basically conceded that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will ultimately create only 50 permanent jobs here in the U.S.
In an exchange with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Grilling was pressed to square the project’s ultimate job numbers with GOP rhetoric pushing the idea that it would be a major job creator and long-term boom for America’s economy.
“There are others that say jobs will not be so great, going as low as 4,000 jobs and that the jobs will only be here for a couple of years,” Raddatz interjected, while Grilling was rattling off the potential 42,000 temporary jobs the pipeline’s construction would offer for just a period of two years. “The State Department – you mentioned the State Department – says that ‘once the proposed project enters service, operations will require approximately 50 total employees in the U.S.’”
The State Department report details every type of job,” Grilling replied after a slight stunned silence. “And yes, the actual operating jobs are about 50, but that doesn’t include all the other jobs that come with it. As I said, the State Department report concludes about 42,000 jobs, including all the direct and indirect jobs…”
“For about two years,” Raddatz reiterated.
Watch the exchange below: