The Other Side of Keystone Sales Pitch – Job destruction

The current hype surrounding Keystone seems to have moved away from energy security to the creation of jobs.  Certainly the construction phase will result in jobs: trenching, laying the pipe, installing pumping stations.  After construction tar sands bitumen will flow to the Gulf Refineries, and for some time there will be continuing jobs in the oil kingdoms of Alberta and Texas.

But there is another side and it concerns the smallest State in the United States: Rhode Island.  For centuries there has been a fishing industry in this small State.  Not that large but large enough to support a way of life in coastal communities.  Now the industry is suffering – suffering because climate change has brought warmer temperatures to the Atlantic Ocean. (Flashback:  the warmer temperature aided and abetted the destructive force of Hurricane Sandy.)

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