Democrat Joe Biden, on his first day after taking the White House to reverse major achievements by President Donald J. Trump by canceling the XL Pipeline, which not only killed American jobs but also hurts our closest ally, Canada, on jobs as well.
“Biden wasn’t in the White House for 30 minutes before he canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline & put THOUSANDS of Union workers out of a job with the stroke of a pen. He canceled 1.6 BILLION dollars of Union contacts & 900 MILLION dollars in Union wages. But hey, nice hashtag,” posted Sean Parnell.
.@JoeBiden wasn’t in the White House for 30 minutes before he canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline & put THOUSANDS of Union workers out of a job with the stroke of a pen.
He canceled 1.6 BILLION dollars of Union contacts & 900 MILLION dollars in Union wages.
But hey, nice hashtag. https://t.co/ckjjXyGsu5
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) January 21, 2021
The reaction was not positive:
The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical for Montana's economy and America's energy independence.
On day one, President Biden killed the pipeline and all the good-paying jobs that go along with it.
This will have serious consequences for our economy and national security.
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) January 22, 2021
It is also a blow to our ally Canada:
There’s no other way to put it.
The cancellation of Keystone XL is a massive blow to Canada and absolutely devastating to the province of Alberta.
But can we really get mad at the Americans for cancelling pipelines when our own gov't has been doing the exact same thing? ???? pic.twitter.com/mD9OnH6VkM
— Aaron Gunn (@AaronGunn) January 22, 2021
The AP reported: “TC Energy Corp will eliminate more than 1,000 construction jobs in coming weeks and halt work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline after U.S. President Joe Biden revoked the project’s presidential permit, the company said in an email to employees.”
After more than a decade of legal battles and shifting fortunes based on who held office in the White House, Biden’s decision to cancel the permit is seen as the project’s death knell. Opponents of the line fought its construction for years, saying it was unnecessary and would hamper the U.S. transition to cleaner fuels.
“I believe this will send a concerning signal to infrastructure developers that resonates far beyond our project and will stifle innovation for a practical transition towards sustainable energy,” said KXL President Richard Prior in the email, sent on Wednesday and seen by Reuters.
The number of jobs lost is expected to climb into the hundreds of thousands:
But why did he do it? As one poster wrote on Twitter, the gas will have to be transported by train and tankers then. Who does that benefit? Who owns the trains and tankers? Are we back here again?
Joe Biden canceling the Keystone XL pipeline would mean trains & trucks would have to start transporting oil.
He says he's for "net-zero emissions.”
You know what has emissions? Trucks and trains – not pipelines.
Canceling the pipeline is just a partisan move!
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) January 21, 2021
That is a question on the minds of many people.
Shouldn’t be surprised, cancelling K XL doesn’t mean they use less oil just means they put more on trucks & trains. And who owns the trucks & trains? Some Biden’s wealthiest supporters.
— Jason Hildebrand (@Jason_hildo) January 21, 2021
WHO OWNS THE TANKERS AND TRAINS?
From a Time Magazine article when Barack Obam, in 2012, had control to benefit Democrat donors and to stop the Pipeline, under “green concerns”:
“President Obama’s decision last week to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the U.S. was cheered by some environmental activists like Robert Redford. But many mainstream commentators reacted with dismay. A Washington Post editorial called the decision wrong on the substance of the question. And a columnist for the same newspaper described it more hyperbolically as “an act of national insanity.”
The argument for the pipeline is not only that it would give the U.S. a secure source of oil with low transportation costs, create jobs, and help our close ally Canada, but also that the alternative is actually worse from an environmental point of view. Canada is still going to produce its oil, and the U.S. is still going to need energy. Without the pipeline, Canada will have to sell some of its oil to China, which means building a pipeline to the Canadian West Coast. And we will buy more from the Middle East or somewhere else. The overall result: more oil shipped longer distances and greater chances of an oil spill.
Whichever side is right in this argument, one beneficiary is clear: Railroads. Quite simply, some of the oil that would have been moved through the pipeline will now have to go by tanker car. If the oil is more expensive or less available in some places, it will encourage low-sulfur coal. Either way, it means more hauling business for the Big Rails, especially Burlington Northern, now owned by Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway. (Conspiracy theorists were quick to point out that Buffett is an informal advisor to President Obama. Liberal billionaire George Soros is supposedly involved, too, somehow.)”
Note the disdain for opponents of leftist pushing financiers- Warren Buffett and George Soros, being labeled “Conspiracy theorists.” We have been here before. Allowing the same Billionaires access to lawmakers over transporting oil by tanker or pipe goes back in American history to our darkest days. But which process benefits the American people?
And which benefits the “cronies” in Crony-Capitalism? The next question is why those Billionaire Cronies prefer an authoritarian regime, say like the Chinese Communist Party, which cuts out small business and free enterprise using the US Government’s full weight over allowing people to be free to have small businesses and make their own livings.
The whole “Climate Crisis ” over fossil fuels is really just a way to keep rich people rich, and now we know where Biden stands. And President Trump was right to point out that Biden was lying about what his plans were.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776