There is no evidence that that’s true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people. -President Obama on Keystone XL
As far as I can recall, this is the most definitive statement the president has given on the Keystone pipeline.
Last week when the president delivered a speech on jobs and economic opportunity at Knox College, Republican leadership responded by calling for the approval of the Keystone pipeline to create jobs. To say that it will only create “between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people” is a very strong rebuttal.
The president has stated that approval or disapproval of the Keystone pipeline will be dependent on its environmental impact as it is not projected to create many jobs.