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Friday, November 18, 2011
CNS Can't Stop Shilling for Oil Industry

On the same day we examine in detail's history of serving as public relations agents for the oil and gas industry, CNS does it again.

A Nov. 17 CNS article by Elizabeth Harrington features a press conference in which "Republican lawmakers criticized the Obama administration’s recent decision to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline," going on to assert that the project "would create an estimated 20,000 jobs."

Harrington repeats the jobs claim later in the article: "Its construction would employ 20,000 Americans and 118,000 spin-off jobs would be created along the pipeline route through increased business, adding $5 billion in property taxes, according to TransCanada."

Harrington doesn't mention, however, that TransCanada's job estimates use an opaque and suspicious "person-years" job claim, and that analysts claim that the pipeline would create only about 5,000 construction jobs and less than 50 permanent jobs.

Also unmentioned is the money CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, has received from oil and gas interests.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:20 PM EST

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