More jobs are certainly needed, but even the just concluded State Department assessment conceded Keystone would support only 35 post-construction jobs.
Infrastructure repair and promoting a green economy is a far better solution for the jobs crisis, if the threshold issue is jobs,
Nurses see an inseparable link between environmental justice and the health of our communities and planet.
Keystone's tar sands oil, with its thick, dirty, corrosive properties, pose a far greater hazard than conventional oil - a major reason for nurse opposition.
Toxic contaminants in the massive water needed for extraction are infecting clean water supplies with towns nearby Alberta experiencing spikes in cancer deaths, renal failure, lupus, and hyperthyroidism.
Huge pipeline spills near Marshall, MI and Mayflower, AR. have led to respiratory ailments and other health ills. Pollutants from tar sands refineries are linked to heart and lung disease, asthma, and cancer.
Mounds of Petcoke, the carbon residue of tar sands refining, piled up for export for burning, have produced toxic dust storms that have left area residents gasping near Detroit, Chicago, and other locales.
Canadian scientists are also alarmed at mercury "wafting" into the air from tar sands production which, in chronic exposure, have been linked to brain damage.
For these reasons tens of thousands of nurses oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.