Joe Biden is facing a widespread backlash over canceling the Keystone Pipeline that would have brought oil from Canada to American refineries. Of course, Canada wasn’t happy either. The premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney said,
“This is a gut punch for the Canadian and Alberta economies. Sadly, it is an insult directed at the United States’ most important ally and trading partner on Day One of a new administration.”
Thousands of people, most of them union members, are going to lose their jobs because Biden canceled the pipeline. Hundreds have already been laid off in Wisconsin and they’re not happy about it.
General Manager working on the Keystone XL pipeline: “hundreds of guys” have already been laid off in Wisconsin as a result of Joe Biden's executive order to halt construction of the pipelinehttps://t.co/ub48J6VlTU pic.twitter.com/ZX1IP8ZmRU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 25, 2021
That’s Wisconsin. The reaction in New Mexico hasn’t been so good either. Carlsbad New Mexico Mayor Dale Janway said:
“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating drilling on public lands will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy what’s left of our state’s economy. How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well-researched, not knee-jerk mandates that just hurt an already impoverished state.”
Joe Biden’s union allies aren’t very happy that he’s putting union members out of work either. The laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) was certainly unimpressed with that decision.
#Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many #LIUNA members across the country. The anticipated decision to cancel the #KeystonePipeline will kill thousands of good-paying #UNION jobs! #pipelinesarelifelines #energy pic.twitter.com/p0BxD1vPHV
— LIUNA (@LIUNA) January 20, 2021
Mark McManus, General President of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters also didn’t have kind words for Biden over this.
“Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world. Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction.”
So Biden is putting thousands of Americans out of work, throwing away billions in taxes, and raising gas prices long term for all Americans, but in return, a bunch of environmental extremists will be happy because what if building a pipeline made the animals sad or something? In no other country in the world would they throw away a project which such obvious long term benefits, for such a meaningless pay-off, which isn’t a good sign for the future of our country.
John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know.