Oil and Gas Industry Workers Criticize Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline
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Joe Biden received criticism from oil and gas workers for revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit.
David and Kristina Dickerson, workers in the oil and gas industry, are criticizing President Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL project. They say the cancellation of the project is an economic blow.
“We’ve had to actually dip into our retirement and our 401k, just trying to survive until something like this come up,” David told Fox News.
“We’ve been depending on this to happen and it just all of a sudden got ripped out from under us and we’re not going to be able to do it now.”
“It could put money in our pockets,” Kristina said.
“The communities that we work in on the pipelines, it would be a big boost to their economy. And the taxes from these lines would go back into the government pockets. So it would be a win-win.”
David acknowledged Biden’s commitment to moving towards a greener, clean energy economy, but criticized the execution of the plan.
“It’s a good thought, but it’s not a well-thought-out plan. They haven’t got it perfect,” David said. “And we’re still dependent on fossil fuel. We’re going to use this crude oil no matter what.”
Fox News contributor, Lawrence Jones, criticized the timing of the cancellation of the project. He said that during a time when many people are economically hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation was a bad move.
“Just from a strategic standpoint, do you think it’s the best time to do this when businesses are [and] people are still experiencing this pandemic?” Jones asked. “People are suffering right now. You want to go through this right now? This is your first agenda item?”
Representatives of the Keystone XL pipeline project claimed that the project would create jobs.
“With construction activities well underway in both the U.S. and Canada, Keystone XL is already playing a critical role in contributing to North America’s economic recovery,” said, Richard Prior, President Keystone XL Pipeline.
“The selection of our U.S. construction contractors for 2021 is an important next step in employing thousands more American union workers and delivering tangible benefits to local communities and businesses.”
General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers James T. Callahan said the 8,000 union jobs from 2021 construction “is welcome news and irreplaceable as the U.S. continues our economic recovery.”
According to the Keystone XL website, the project would’ve advanced North American energy security and work towards a greener future by creating a $10 million clean energy training fund.
The Keystone website also claims it can create approximately “13,000 high-paying union jobs in the U.S. and Canada” as well as “supporting over 60,000 jobs across North America.”