The number of people needed to operate and maintain the 1,661-mile (2,673-kilometer) pipeline may be as few as 20,
according to the U.S. State Department, or as many as a few hundred, according to TransCanada.
“I don’t see a big jobs impact,” Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University
in Arlington, Virginia, said in an interview. “It gets the oil into refineries that already exist. It’s like replacing a bridge
on the highway.”
Note the sharp fall-off in environmental concern. Julia Gillard is introducing a carbon tax that on its own might not cost jobs but combined with everything else will not be a happy experience. Maybe I mix in the wrong circles but it seems global warming jokes are now becoming acceptable as economic and political concerns replace concern about the environment.
They are desperate in Montenegro, where the heaviest snow in 63 years has sealed off hundreds of villages, literally trapping thousands of residents in their homes. The snow and cold there has shut down railroads and roads and even closed the main airport. Montenegro's capital of Podgorica was brought to a standstill by snow 20 inches (50cm) deep, a 50-year record, closing the city's airport and halting rail services to Serbia because of an avalanche. Officials said this is the most amount of snow they've seen here since 1949.
...Meteorologists in Belgium said the country had recorded its longest cold snap in 70 years, with temperatures in Brussels' suburbs remaining below zero for 13 consecutive days.
Temperatures fell to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tbilisi on Sunday -- the lowest recorded in the capital for 40 years, according to local media.