Multiple union groups came out and endorsed Joe Biden over Donald Trump when the pair ran against each other in the 2020 presidential election. Unions that backed Biden over Trump argued that the former vice president would be “pro-labor” and “pro-union.”
Just five days of the Biden presidency have proven otherwise, however. In an unfortunate turn of events for many union workers in America, the 46th president shut down the permit for Keystone XL pipeline construction. This eliminates at least 11,000 blue-collar jobs…and in the middle of an economic crisis, no less.
Joe Biden has already made life worse for the union workers who voted for him. Now, Townhall reports that some union members are openly articulating their regret for backing the 46th president.
An Unfortunate Situation for Union Workers
Last week, the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters put out a statement after Biden’s cancellation of Keystone pipeline. Mark McManus, the group’s president, lamented Biden’s decision to prioritize “fringe activists” over U.S. consumers and union workers.
McManus also explained that Keystone XL pipeline grants the “safest and most efficient” means of energy transportation. After acknowledging that the 46th president sent thousands of union workers to the unemployment line, the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters president explained that energy costs will now surge while community investments from pipeline development will drop.
When you get what you vote for. pic.twitter.com/22UYyJdJtg
— Cerno (@Cernovich) January 23, 2021
Another part of the statement explained that Keystone pipeline would have led to the use of renewable energy; this comes in addition to the pipeline construction’s potential to benefit from new technological advancements. All of this, of course, is out of the window, due to Biden’s cancellation of the permit.
A Better Alternative for Union Workers
Had union workers backed Trump’s re-election, rather than Biden, they’d still have their jobs. See, unlike the former vice president, Trump consistently supported Keystone XL pipeline; the 45th president would not have revoked the construction permit and put thousands of blue-collar union jobs into nonexistence.
By canceling Keystone XL and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, Biden started his administration by putting the American worker, American unions, and American energy prices last.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 21, 2021
Union workers’ displeasure with Biden’s killing of the pipeline is being widely discussed. Many conservatives who backed Trump’s re-election are also criticizing the cancellation of Keystone XL pipeline; however, right-wingers also haven’t hesitated to point out that union workers who backed Biden ultimately got what they voted for.
Back in May 2020, then-candidate Biden stated that he’d do away with Keystone pipeline, should he win the presidency.
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