Not All Unions Accept Obama’s Job Killing Pipeline Decision

Laborers' International

President Obama’s decision to delay the pipeline until after his re-election kills 20,000 union jobs. The fact is, the unions okayed the pipeline. Obama’s decision came after Hollywood ads called for ending the pipeline – coincidence?

This was a case of extreme environmentalists, like the Sierra Club, conjuring up possible problems that the pipeline might cause, pitting that against the very real benefits, which includes the jobs that the pipeline would create. Obama chose the extreme environmentalists over jobs, leaving us free to buy expensive fuel, from polluting countries, who can use it to blackmail us. He gambled on the unions going along.

But one union President gets it –

Washington, D.C. (November 10, 2011) –  Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today in response to the U.S. State Department delay of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

Environmentalists formed a circle around the White House and within days the Obama Administration chose to inflict a potentially fatal delay to a project that is not just a pipeline, but is a lifeline for thousands of desperate working men and women. The Administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs – job-killers win, American workers lose.

Environmental groups from the Natural Resources Defense Council to the Sierra Club may be dancing in the streets, having delayed and possibly stopped yet another project that would put men and women back to work. While they celebrate, pipeline workers will continue to lose their homes and livelihoods.

We had hoped the decision would have been made on the basis of economics, facts and the best interests of the nation, not on the basis of a political calculation.

The State Department should have been freed to make its decision, and then allowed the state and people of Nebraska to proceed with their concerns through the many avenues available to them. That would have been a sign of the Administration’s support for jobs and a recognition that workers can’t wait until after the next election for a job.

We are extremely disappointed.

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Read about the pros and cons of the pipeline here: Things you wanted to know about the pipeline