Re Job Creation of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Cornell Global Labor Institute has updated and re-released Pipedreams? Jobs gained, jobs lost by the construction of Keystone XL, which concludes that the oil industry claims of job creation in the U.S. are unsubstantiated and exaggerated. Pipedreams? states that 50% or more of the steel pipe to be used in the pipeline will be manufactured outside of the U.S.; jobs will be temporary; between 85-90% of workers be non-local or from out of state; and that in the long-term, jobs would be lost due to higher fuel costs in the Midwest, pipeline spills, pollution, and climate change impacts. The Cornell report specifically disputes The Perryman Report, commissioned by Transcanada Corporation, which estimates that “the $7 billion pipeline project is expected to directly create more than 20,000 high-wage manufacturing jobs and construction jobs in 2011-2012 across the U.S., stimulating significant additional economic activity”.




Cornell University Global Labour Institute website, with links to other Keystone Pipeline documents, at:


Pipedreams? Jobs gained, jobs lost by the construction of Keystone XL at:


Transcanada Inc. website is at:


The Perryman Report, formally The Impact of Developing the Keystone XL Pipeline Project on Business Activity in the US: An Analysis Including State-by-State Construction Effects and an Assessment of the Potential Benefits of a More Stable Source of Domestic Supply is available at:


Keystone XL Pipeline archive of stories and related documents at the New York Times website at:

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