George W. Bush Calls for Keystone XL Construction

If the U.S. wants job growth, it should 'build the damn thing,' Bush says

George W. Bush said the United States should build the Keystone XL pipeline to grow the private sector

George W. Bush said the United States should build the Keystone XL pipeline to grow the private sector / AP

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Former President George W. Bush said that the United States should build the Keystone XL pipeline if it wants to grow the private sector.

The president’s remarks came during a luncheon with energy executives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to the Washington Examiner:

“I think the goal of the country ought to be, ‘How do we grow the private sector?’ ” Bush said at a Pittsburgh luncheon with energy executives, according to DeSmog Blog.

“If private-sector growth is the goal and Keystone pipeline creates 20,000 new private-sector jobs, build the damn thing,” Bush said.

The State Department estimates that the Keystone XL pipeline would create 42,000 direct and indirect jobs for the two year construction period.

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