Wrong on pipeline

| Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Like everyone else, President Obama is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. And when he talks about the Keystone XL pipeline and American jobs, his facts simply do not hold up.

The president recently said that approving Keystone XL would create only about 2,000 jobs. That is wrong.

The shorter, southern leg of the pipeline — already under construction because it doesn't cross an international border and therefore does not need federal approval — has generated about 4,000 jobs to date.

How could the president make that claim when he is wrong by half before a shovel is ever turned on the northern, larger section of Keystone XL?

It is no secret that factions within the president's party are pressuring him to block the Keystone XL.

But job-seekers need the employment opportunities that the pipeline would provide and, quite frankly, I think the president should put their best interests above party politics.

Dan Soltesz

Pleasant Hills

The writer is vice president of Pleasant Hills Council and chairman of Pennsylvania Young Republicans.

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