Dirty Energy, Dirty Jobs: Video Mocks Work Created By Keystone XL Pipeline

Want to scrub oil off of endangered species? Or make wigs for cancer survivors? A new satirical video exposes the lies about KXL job creation.

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On Wednesday, the first day of the State Department’s public comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, Movement Generation released a new satirical video (below) that criticizes proponents’ argument that the project would create thousands of new jobs.

"This video is our public comment on Keystone XL," said Mateo Nube, co-director of Movement Generation, a Bay Area ecological justice organization. "If President Obama's State Department is going to repeat the fictitious lies of the extreme energy industry, then we are going to use fictitious humor to tell the truth."

The video explores just what types of jobs the pipeline would create. In it, a Keystone XL representative offers an unemployed man various jobs, including oil cleanup for endangered species and wig making for cancer patients.

"Some people might be offended by the video," said Josh Healey, the video's writer and lead actor. "But all the crazy things we say — making money off cancer victims, shredding Native American treaties — are what corporate projects like Keystone XL are really doing. We just took it to its logistical, ridiculous conclusion."

Despite assertions of job creation, a Cornell report found that the pipeline would create much fewer jobs than reported, with most being temporary and non-local. Movement Generation also hopes to awareness of their Our Power Campaign, a national grassroots effort to create jobs that would employ millions while protecting the environment.

The State Department’s public comment period comes after its recently released report claimed that the pipeline would not worsen carbon pollution. In response, thousands of people turned out to nearly 300 vigils in 48 states on Monday to demand Obama reject the pipeline. Activists say the report is inaccurate and incomplete, and the climate-focused group has called on people to flood the department with one million comments.

"Around the country, communities are rising up for a just transition away from the extreme energy industry," said Nube. "Keystone XL represents the failed corporate policies of the past. Hopefully this video can point us towards the clean, fair economy of the future."

Watch the video here: 

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet.