The Bi-partisan lie of John Boehner, Rep. Dan Boren and Jon Huntsman…
Lie: The Keystone Pipeline will create 20,000 or more jobs and increase American energy independence
Truth: The Keystone Pipeline would create about 5000 jobs and much of the oil would actually be exported
The U.S. State Department claims that the keystone pipeline would create 5,000 direct US jobs over a 2 year period.
TransCanada (the company proposing to build the pipeline running from Canada to the US) claims that building the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 direct jobs over a 2 year period.
Needless to say, many politicians (largely Republican but some Democrats are complicit here as well) have run with TransCanada’s, with the misguided assumption that these would be 20,000 permanent US jobs (when in fact, TransCanada’s numbers include jobs in Canada).
What’s more is the pipeline may actually destroy more jobs than it creates (one of the most common tricks/fallacies in estimating job creation for a certain project is ignoring the jobs it may destroy).
The solar industry continues to grow. In fact, 3rd quarter for 2011 saw more solar power installations in the US than all of 2009. As the industry continues to grow, solar technology becomes easier and less costly to replicate, bringing it closer to economic parity with traditional energy sources.
Yet renewable/alternative energy detractors continue to claim that there exists no market for solar technology, and point to the failure of Solyndra as proof. Sadly, these detractors believe that merely injecting the word Solyndra into a sentence makes their case. But a few simple facts disprove this:
All of these facts are easily obtainable. Sadly, many politicians who have ties to dirty energy sources or are against government subsidies and regulations due to philosophical views merely assume Solyndra’s bankruptcy provides a smoking gun against solar technology (if not an outright Watergate against President Obama). The real tragedy is the millions of Americans who follow along without due diligence on the subject.
Here is Ron Paul on Fox News agreeing with the host that “it’s getting cooler.” As insane as it may seem to some that he would make this claim, this belief is actually quite common among those whose ‘research’ on climate change amounts to reading climate change denial literature in order to confirm their biases.
This misconception is actually quite simple. 1998 was an especially hot year due to el nino. Those who claim “it’s getting cooler” are simply comparing 1998 to the subsequent few years and ignoring the overall and wider trend.
Not surprisingly, Ron Paul also happens to not accept evolution.