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    on local "housekeeping."  And thank you for answering me instead of flying off the handle.

    The rationale about fossil fuel exploitation producing jobs is the oldest piece of energy company propaganda in the book. The truth of course is that it will create some jobs, just like any business venture.  At what cost is a good question. Another question is how many of those jobs are permanent and how many at a living wage, much less a decent wage.

    We didn't used to approve any and all business ventures simply because they were business ventures, which, of necessity, utilize some labor force and pay them something.

    The Keystone XL pipeline has union supporters down here because it's going to create some jobs. Even though everybody knows that the job creation claims are inflated, and even though a large percentage of the jobs are temporary construction jobs which will evaporate once the pipeline's built. It doesn't matter what the project does to people, to landowners, or what the bad results are.  It doesn't even matter if the jobs are going to last or how much they pay as long as some jobs are created sometime. That's how desperate people are.  But that desperation puts an unbalanced amount of power in the hands of industry. That's what government is supposed to be for, to think through the costs and benefits rather than grabbing desperately at crumbs.  But that kind of real balanced approach is not possible in a climate in which industry is allowed to run roughshod over all other interests, and particularly not when government is complicit in enabling them to do so.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:39:57 AM PST

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