At one point last month during his first address as president to a joint session of Congress, Joe Biden expressed his support for union and blue-collar workers. But a new report from the Washington Examiner suggests the Democrat president’s policies are actually costing many of those workers their jobs. Now, they’re speaking out.
Speaking with the Examiner‘s Barnini Chakraborty, workers and business owners who benefited from the use of pipelines to transport fuel across the U.S. say they haven’t been feeling the love from the Biden White House — and the hypocrisy, they say, is stunning.
“Sold us out”
Among Biden’s first acts upon taking the Oval Office was to sign an executive order blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and the results have been devastating.
“How do they lay their heads down at night knowing they’re supposed to be protecting these people and providing them with what they need to live?” Peter Bardeson asked Chakraborty.
Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bardeson serves as business manager for the Laborers, Local 620 union. He went on to complain that Biden “sold us out.”
“They want to destroy America”
Not that the effects of the president’s policies are limited to individuals who would have directly worked on the pipeline; the businesses that serve them have also been impacted.
It’s something Laurie Cox understands all too well. Cox owns the Stroppel Hotel in Midland, South Dakota, and she told the Examiner that she suffered when pipeline workers found themselves laid off as a result of Biden’s order.
“The current administration is doing nothing but proving they want to destroy America,” Cox told Chakraborty. “It solidifies that this administration does not have a platform for anything except hate.”
“We need the pipelines”
Adding insult to injury was a recent admission by Biden Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and gas within the continental U.S. Chakraborty pointed out that the facts back Granholm’s statement, as spills involving pipelines are far less common than those associated with trucks or rail cars.
What’s more, importing oil from Canada via pipeline is safer and less expensive than transporting it in tanker ships from overseas, the Examiner reporter said.
“Until America becomes energy independent, we need the pipelines,” semi-retired mechanic Gaylord Lincoln told Chakraborty. “They cost less and are more efficient,” Lincoln explained.
“The Biden administration can’t argue with a straight face that pipelines are worse for the environment,” he added in his interview with the Examiner. “Nothing they say holds water.”