Boehner Plucks OK Gov. Mary Fallin to Repeat his Keystone XL Lies in Weekly Address

In the Weekly Republican Address we are told – AGAIN – that The President Must Approve Keystone Pipeline Jobs. All thirty-five of them. This speech continues an ongoing obsession with the Keystone XL pipeline that borders on the pathological, and which has fixated the House since Day 1 of the 114th Congress.

It was only Thursday when the myth of job creation brought a statement from Speaker of the House John Boehner that,

“Yesterday, the House acted in a bipartisan way to approve the Keystone pipeline. This will create tens of thousands of jobs, or at least 42,000 according to the president’s own State Department. More than 20 of our nation’s governors this morning sent a letter to the White House asking the president to consider signing this important bill. There is no good reason – none whatsoever – for the president to veto this jobs bill.”

None whatsoever, except for the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline is not a job creator. It is not a jobs bill. It will enrich certain Republicans – Boehner and the Kochs included, and of course TransCanada Corp. It will create 35 permanent jobs and a few thousand temporary jobs at a time when Obama is creating jobs hand over fist.

A few dozen jobs will neither make nor break America. Oil soaked prairie and farmlands from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast, might

Of course, because they are Republicans, it stands to reason (they think) if somebody other than Boehner repeats the same lies, they will suddenly be believed. Enter from stage Far Right, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, who “touts the jobs, growth, and opportunities that the southern portion of the pipeline has brought to Oklahoma.”

“Out here, that’s what Keystone is about,” Fallin says. “Not politics, not Republicans and Democrats. It’s about jobs. It’s about energy. It’s about infrastructure. And it’s about hope. President Obama was once about that too. That’s why I’m appealing to him to do the right thing, sign this bill, and let us finally build this pipeline.”

Fallin was one of 24 governors who signed a letter to President Obama this week requesting that he reconsider his decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline. That legislation, S. 1, has been approved by the House and Senate, and was signed by Speaker Boehner on Friday.

Remarks of Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Weekly Republican Address

Oklahoma City, OK

February 14, 2015

Good morning, I’m Mary Fallin, governor of the great state of Oklahoma. And today, like most Americans, I’m urging President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

With this project, we have the opportunity to support at least 42,000 jobs in our country, and that’s according to the president’s own State Department. Not only that, we can secure the safest, most cost-effective way to transport these resources. And we can continue building our energy future and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Keystone has now been through more than six years of scrutiny – far more than any project of its kind – and it’s passed every test and cleared every hurdle. But still, the president just drags his feet.

The good news now is, members of both parties in Congress have come together to pass a bill giving Keystone the green light.

Today I’d like to share with you a story to help illustrate why President Obama should sign it.

You see, here in Oklahoma, we have the part of this pipeline that’s already been approved. It’s the Gulf Coast portion that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma south into Texas.

This one portion of the pipeline is on track to generate over $15 million annually in tax revenue for Oklahoma. That’s a big boost for our state, with 85 percent of that money going to our public schools. If the whole project is approved, the volume of oil flowing through Oklahoma would increase by 75 percent. That’s a steady, reliable source of revenue coming in for the foreseeable future.

The construction of this pipeline has helped fuel our state’s economic comeback. The project had two main construction bases – one in Prague and one in Atoka. These are small towns, populations of no more than a few thousand people or so. Having about 1,000 workers based out of these camps was a great source of economic development for those communities. And at its peak, about 4,000 workers were part of the construction of the Gulf Coast pipeline. That’s some 12 million man-hours of labor.

And even now, after construction, the pipeline continues to bring jobs and opportunities into Oklahoma. Statewide, since 2010, Oklahoma has seen a 44 percent jump in pipeline transportation and construction jobs.

Remember, this is all from ONE part of ONE pipeline in ONE state. Just think of what we could achieve if this whole project were allowed to go forward.

Now I know these are a lot of numbers – especially for a Saturday morning – but behind each one is a story of its own: a worker who now has a job, who now has insurance, who can put food on the table, who can plan and hope for the future.

Out here, that’s what Keystone is about. Not politics, not Republicans and Democrats. It’s about jobs. It’s about energy. It’s about infrastructure. It’s about hope.

President Obama was once about that too.

That’s why I’m appealing to him to do the right thing, sign this bill, let us finally build this pipeline. Let us get our people working.

Thank you for listening, and of course, Happy Valentine’s Day.

When Fallin says, “Keystone has now been through more than six years of scrutiny – far more than any project of its kind – and it’s passed every test and cleared every hurdle. But still, the president just drags his feet,” she is, like Boehner, lying through her teeth. It has not cleared every hurdle.

You know, like the one where the oil goes through America and not into it, and will actually raise, not lower gas prices.

The much touted State Department assessment that Keystone was “environmentally sound” was a direct result of Republican budget cuts, the area over which the pipeline crosses is likely to experience earthquakes, and oh by the way, the EPA has ruled that Keystone XL will be an environmental disaster.

Boehner and Fallin may have 24 governors, but Obama has 61 percent of the American people according to one poll. And in the final analysis this is government of, by, and for the people, not a group of oil-drenched Koch-whores in Congress.

That will remain true no matter how many people Boehner trots out to the podium to tell the same tired old lies about a project to put money in his pocket at our expense.

30 Replies to “Boehner Plucks OK Gov. Mary Fallin to Repeat his Keystone XL Lies in Weekly Address”

  1. It is no surprise that the Reichwing has a direct pipeline to Alice’s Wonderland.

  2. What has gone wrong when people can just out-and-out lie to promote something like this, and there are no repercussions? I know politicians promise things that they end up not being able to deliver, especially when campaigning, but this is in-your-face lying. I know many will yell; free speech, free speech, but IMHO I don’t think lying is free speech. There needs to be some accountability.

  3. This from a woman who, along with the gop-led state legislature, passed this law in 2012: Cities in Oklahoma are prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage above the current $7.25/hr, or vacation and sick-day requirements.

    What was that about being the party of small government? Or allowing the invisible hand of the free market to make things right?

  4. Hard not to vomit every time you hear a Republican claim to champion the middle class, while they’re choking the life out of us

  5. FACT…if you tell a lie over and over the public will start to believe it. Clearly this is the Republicans strategy. They think Americans are so stupid that they can pull the wool over their eyes.
    Go Talk to Oklahoma people on the ground….they are livid at the governor, because she did not expand Medicaid and fracking is causing a large amount of earthquakes.
    Go talk to red West Virginia folks. The state of Oklahoma and Texas has marched in taking all their jobs with leases being approved left and right for fracking and pipelines. Also, The jobs that would be added are already on payroll of big oil and gas due to their training….mainly Texans and Oklahomans!

  6. There is a bill rushing through the Oklahoma State Legislature (that isn’t anti-LGBT), it will make it illegal for local government, city, town, and counties, to deny oil and and gas production. It’s also against the law for a local government to restrict tobacco use, such as out right public ban in restaurants and bars, churches, etc.. Small government is being choked out.

  7. Let us not forget that if this pipeline is built and leaks, which it will, there will be a hundred or so new temporary jobs – cleanup jobs.
    See – jobs Jobs JOBS!
    Snark intended.

  8. The Keystone Pipeline will indeed create tens of thousands of jobs.
    Perhaps one thousand to build and maintain it … and many thousands more to clean up the inevitable environmental disaster when it leaks its toxic sludge into America’s wetlands.

  9. Can we get the facts on how much $$$ the Koch & Boehner will profit from this? Every time these idiots lie about a Job growth come back with & Boehner stands to gain $5 million if pipeline goes through ( an example). Who stands to line their pocket Book? I hate these rats.

  10. As a lifelong Oklahoman I can assure you that Mary Fallin (read FAIL-IN) is far from perfect in any way, shape or form.[wink]

  11. Funny they run to Fox and scream the economy is going backward every month when the jobs report comes out showing 250 to 300 thousand jobs created, they say that 300 thousand isn’t many. WTF, 42 thousand part time jobs and they are going apeshit.

  12. I think they are doing this bs lying about the pipeline in order to hurt President Obama and his approval ratings. It’s all they have.

    They know he is going to veto it, so they’ll hit him with what little they’ve got.

    This is so stupid and fruitless anyway. Nebraska courts just last week ruled with landowners over the emminent domain theft by a foriegn country. It will now most likely go to the supreme court, a battle that could tie the whole process for up to 3 yrs.

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  14. I seem to remember righties saying something like part time and temporary jobs do not count when it comes to the Obama economy and job numbers… but now they count cause its the Koch brother’s keystone pipeline? righties must think all of America is stupid. not all are- but more than a third are fools- unfortunately for the rest of us.

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  16. Because a new pipeline most likely won’t leak on the watch of these liars and investors, they don’t see the down side. Hey, anybody know how many people the Alaskan pipeline now employs, I am seriously curious?

  17. I wonder if Gov. Fallin considers herself a lesser cut of meat, or is that only Democratic women. And she better not wear yoga pants in public!

  18. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company service the pipeline and its hard to pin down but from what I can figure its anywhere between 5 to 8 hundred employees depending on the season

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