The Keystone XL Pipeline Means Manufacturing Jobs

We strongly disagree with the President’s comments that only 2,000 jobs would be created with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Manufacturers are extremely disappointed by the President’s dismissal of the jobs-creating potential of the construction of this important project. In addition to the 20,000 construction jobs that the pipeline would create, 118,000 jobs would be created in the supply chain of the pipeline. These are manufacturing jobs to make the steel, valves, compressor stations and heavy equipment necessary to make the pipeline become a reality. The President’s comments ignore this important fact.

From a manufacturing perspective, the pipeline would provide a reliable and affordable supply, which would in return reduce energy costs for consumers. Manufacturers use one-third of this nation’s energy supply, so every dollar not spent on energy costs is a dollar that can be spent on expansion and additional jobs in our sector.

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Manufacturers Offer a Vision for a Real Recovery

Tonight’s debate took on a very different format, and a very different tone from the first debate. It was much more combative with the candidates painting very different pictures of their vision for economic recovery and manufacturing growth.

Both President Obama and Governor Romney spoke early and often in support of growing manufacturing jobs in the United States. While it’s good to hear the support, it is incredibly important to implement policies that will not just lead to recovery, but to sustained growth. The candidates spent much of the night discussing the elements that make it 20 percent more expensive to manufacture in the United States—taxes, regulation, energy and trade.

Time and again, the conversation returned to job creation—fundamentally the most significant issue in this election. Manufacturers couldn’t agree more, but we’d like to remind the candidates that it’s also essential that we fill the 600,000 job openings in the manufacturing sector that remain unfilled today because employers can’t find workers with skills that match the jobs.

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