For decades, Democrats have been able to count on support from unions in the form of campaign dollars and votes.
All unions, in fact, have long been considered Democrat strongholds.
But in the age of the ‘woke’ Democrat Party, some unions have lost their preferred status — including those in the fossil fuel energy sector.
President Joe Biden signed a flurry of executive orders and actions during his first few days in office that specifically targeted fossil fuels, and now the unions affected by those orders are demanding answers (likely after most of their members voted for the guy in November).
“In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1,” Mark McManus, general president of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), said Monday, according to Just the News. “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.”
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“Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work,” the UA statement continued. “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.”
“The Biden Administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on day one of his presidency is both insulting and disappointing to the thousands of hard-working LIUNA members who will lose good-paying, middle class family-supporting jobs,” LIUNA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said in a statement. “By blocking this 100 percent union project, and pandering to environmental extremists, a thousand union jobs will immediately vanish and 10,000 additional jobs will be foregone.
“We support the President’s campaign to ‘build back better.’ But for union members affected by this decision, there are no renewable energy jobs that come even close to replacing the wages and benefits the Keystone XL project would have provided. Killing good union jobs on day one with nothing to replace them, is not building back better,” LIUNA added.
“North America’s Building Trades Unions are deeply disappointed in the decision to cancel the Keystone XL permit on the President’s first official day in office,” North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) said in a statement last week. “Environmental ideologues have now prevailed, and over a thousand union men and women have been terminated from employment on the project.
“On a historic day that is filled with hope and optimism for so many Americans and people around the world, tens of thousands of workers are left to wonder what the future holds for them. In the midst of a pandemic that has claimed 400 thousand American lives and has wreaked havoc on the economic security and standard of living of tens of millions more, we must all stand in their shoes and acknowledge the uncertainty and anxiety this government action has caused,” NABTU added.
Some Texas Democrats are ticked off, as The Epoch Times reported:
In a Jan. 27 letter, Democratic Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, and Marc Veasey called Biden’s order “far-reaching” and demanded he rescind it, arguing that banning “responsible energy leasing” would eliminate jobs, reduce economic output, increase budgetary shortfalls, and increase crude imports from foreign countries and so “weakening of the U.S. national security apparatus as it pertains to American energy independence.”
The order has already spurred legal action.
The Western Energy Alliance, a group representing fossil fuel producers on federal lands, filed a lawsuit on Jan. 27 to have the order blocked.
“The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands. All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf,” said Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma said in a statement.
“Drying up new leasing puts future development as well as existing projects at risk. President Biden cannot simply ignore laws in effect for over half a century.”
Sgamma said the order violates the Mineral Leasing Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.