The editorial board of The Chicago Tribune acknowledged the environmental benefits of pipelines, in addition to the new jobs a pipeline like Keystone XL will create during construction.
But from an environmental and public safety standpoint, the risks of moving petroleum in pipelines are lower than the risks of carrying it on rail cars and trucks through populated areas.
The jobs that would be created, estimated at some 40,000, are not to be sneezed at just because most of them are temporary. In the modern economy, no job lasts forever.
Read more – The Chicago Tribune