Union boss criticizes Biden for canceling Keystone XL pipeline, other climate change plans

It is clear that most labor unions are more enthusiastic about the Biden administration than they were to operate under President Donald Trump — but one of the nation’s most powerful union leaders is apparently feeling some remorse.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka expressed his displeasure over certain early moves being made by President Joe Biden.

“I wish he hadn’t done that”

According to the Daily Caller, Trumka was particularly upset over Biden’s plans to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and indicated skepticism of additional actions meant to address climate change.

The union boss’s remarks came during a recent interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, and he did not appear to conceal his discomfort and disappointment. Trumka agreed with the Laborers’ International Union of North America in concluding that Biden jeopardized thousands of U.S. jobs by canceling the pipeline without a solid plan to compensate for the impact.

“Well, I wish he hadn’t done that on the first day,” he said.

Swan asked him if he agreed with the LIUNA criticism that “killing good union jobs on Day One with nothing to replace them is not building back better,” referencing the Biden campaign’s oft-repeated slogan.

“Yes,” Trumka answered, going on to generally defend the president while warning him to be more thoughtful of union workers in the future.

“He’s a man of his word”

When pressed on Biden’s plans to curtail hydraulic fracturing on federal land, Trumka said the move needs to be “studied,” though Swan noted that the president is following through on his promise.

“I’m sure if he promised to do it he probably will because he promised to shut down XL,” the union leader added. “He’s a man of his word. But he’s also promised to create jobs, good union jobs, and be the best union president that we’ve ever had, and I believe he’ll do that as well.”

For his part, Biden and his top advisers have assured Americans that “millions” of new “green” jobs will materialize at some point — but union leaders are increasingly skeptical.

The LIUNA, which endorsed Biden, issued a recent statement accusing him of “pandering to environmental extremists,” proclaiming that no renewable energy jobs “come even close to replacing the wages and benefits the Keystone XL project would have provided.”

Rejecting dubious promises to retrain those displaced workers, Trumka concluded: “If you destroy 100 jobs in Greene County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, and you create 100 jobs in California, it doesn’t do those 100 families much good.”

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  1. WOW! These union nut jobs have really consumed to much kool-aid.
    If they believe all this crap coming out of Biden;s mouth, I have a bridge or two to sell them.

    1. Buffon Biden didn’t actually win
      No election has ever been decided at 3:00 AM the next day America was stolen by all the complicit Democrat’s hopefully they will all end up in orange in the Democratic prison Please take vindictive Pelosi

      1. The problem Bill, is that there is no honest law enforcement right now that will investigate anything that would implicate any dem in a wrongdoing. The FBI was corrupt under Comey and continues under Wray. The present DOJ is no better either. Sorry to say but dem administration has ‘checkmate’.

    2. You got that right I hope gas.get to 10gal in California we are going to be in a hell of a mess my friend all they want is California

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  3. “He’s a man of his word.” ??? Too sad that so many of his words are perfect examples of bumbling idiocy, so yeah, I guess he IS a “man of his word”.

    TRUMP WON 2020

    1. It’s a 100% fact that the election was stolen and the dems were also behind the Jan 6 fiasco in Washington so you don’t have to believe it…..it’s true. Any death on Jan 6 was due to the dems but I’ll tell you this….they don’t care you died cuz they got the outcome they wanted…more bad press for Trump and this latest impeachment BS.
      The dems in Washington are EVIL bastards!

  4. Biden wasn’t going to keep his word on anything beneficial for the American people and it’s work force, he went in guns blazing killing thousands of good paying jobs, what did the union bosses think was going to happen, nothing was put in place, a lot of the string pulling comes from the PUPPETEER OBAMA, he’s the one responsible for the PUPPET BIDEN, signing off on canceling these jobs, had he put a plan in place and got these green jobs going way before cancelling jobs these men and women wouldn’t be out of work, these green jobs will probably take another 10-15 years to materialize, thanks to the DUMB UNION WORKERS and their UNION BOSSES for throwing their support for a FRAIL, SENILE, OLD COOT, with an EPIPHANY, after 47 years sitting up in Washington with nothing but bad dreams coming from this bad decisions, from this Administration

    1. What I can’t figure out is how are they going to get 10million cars charge up in the middle of the day or night guess we will have to plug them in a tree

  5. Agree with all posts! So —- union bosses, what are you going to tell your people now? Are you going to keep paying them? you should, you helped kill their jobs by backing the old lying groper!

    1. I agree Biden is a liar and doesn’t have sense enough to run our country he is like all the other greedy democrats he only thinks of himself. He wasn’t really voted in anyway they rigged that whole election and now they are trying to impeach president Trump again ,all they are doing is trying to get us to turn on our great president,so he can’t run and win in 2024 it won’t work on me! I will never vote for a democrat they are lying ,cheating, scum

  6. WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN BIDEN IS ,HE PROMISED ME EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE GREAT AND HE STOLE ALL THE AMERICAN PATRIOTS JOBS AND WILL BE GIVING THEM TO THE ILLEGALS WHEN THEY GET HERE. ISN’T THAT WONDERFUL,ARE ALL YOU MORONS HAPPY NOW THAT HE IS IN THE S–T WHITE HOUSE ,SCREWING ALL AMERICANS? PRINT THIS IF YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN WITH TESTICLES,!

  7. Unbelievable, a silent coup in the White House. Biden and CCP now sits in what should be Trumps chair. Biden did not win, he stole..What an awful way to end your life, a tool of the left

  8. Agree with y’all I voted Trump are voices where shut out by the Democratics and we have to take this s…t Iam already sick and tired of it. This A..hole can’t keep his word Obama third term we are so screwed I hope the truth all comes out soon

  9. I guess Biden didn’t pay his Dues?
    Neither did and neither will thousands more of the fair-weather Brothers.
    I’m sure Trump would have handled this much more sensible than these wannabes.
    This Administration has no sense of proper direction, moving way too fast in an unorderly fashion. Verbum Sap.
    Karma does exist though.

    1. I questioned why Obama and Fauci went to China to visit Wuhan Labs in December 2019 but they didn’t answer me! Why would Obama and Fauci go to China in December 2019 but to cause chaos in Trump’s administration? Obama wasn’t president so what business did he have going to China?

  10. What idiots these union people! What befalls them is of their own doing. This is only the beginning of how difficult it’s going to be for the American people. You better be trusting in God, cause here comes the government, ‘ridin with Biden’.

  11. This is no longer a great country. When the votes of the people are ignored and the corrupt in government positions flaunt their stolen powers to harm us. We have become worse than any 3rd world hole. Every beautiful soul that fought and died for us has died in vain. May God forgive those who stained us.

  12. Hey union boss Trumka, I’m glad you are getting it stuck to you. You voted for that dirtball Biden now live with it. Ha ha ha

  13. Union Boss, you are drinking to much of Bidens Kool-aid . Dont forget you have to get voted on also. Biden does not care now he got your votes. Biden tells lots of Lies, He got you hook ,line and sinker , Arre you going to fall for it again?

  14. I worked as a, longshoreman for 14 years, I never voted the way the union told me to vote! I was a, Republican as were many of my fellow longshoreman, they also didn’t listen to the, “Union Bosses,” they did the same as I did, voted for the, person they wanted to vote for, in most cases, against the, “Democratic Candidate!” They were more interested in the USA, than the ILA! “That’s The Old American Way!”

  15. WOW ALL THESE UNION BOSS SHOULD BE SO HAPPY THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED THEY VOTED FOR THIS PRESIDENT AND THEY GOT HIM SO THEY SHOULD JUST SUCK IT UP AND STAY QUIET

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