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Joe Biden signed to halt the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline aims to make an efficient oil transport by carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States.
The suspension of the pipeline construction means an end to 11,000 jobs and 8,000 union jobs in 2021.
Among the large stack of executive orders Joe Biden just signed was the cancellation of the #Keystone Pipeline.— Lisa Daftari (@LisaDaftari) January 25, 2021
The problem? Biden was endorsed by the Pipefitters Union, and they're not too happy about him destroying their jobs.@michaeljohns breaks it down with me: pic.twitter.com/rjBgfuYMlG
One of the affected workers is Neal Crabtree, a 46-year-old welding foreman who started working as an apprentice in 1997. During a Fox News interview, he shared his frustration over the cancellation is still be seen.
Crabtree expressed that this is not the time for political statements and that the government should look for ways to help Americans by providing work. He added that he and his team have been jobless because of the cancelled projects the pandemic caused.
'It's going to hurt a lot of people, a lot of families, a lot of communities'— TheBlaze (@theblaze) February 1, 2021
Keystone pipeline worker says Biden's decision based on politics: 'I went to my truck and literally cried' over layoffs https://t.co/lM18SeKvzG
Crabtree has slammed Democratic politicians who carelessly stated that affected workers can still look for other jobs. He added that looking for another job in another industry means starting all over again. The burden is placed on workers, yet the government wants to push for its delusive plans.
The new administration explained that the US is going through an economical crisis, yet the actions show how it doesn’t care for its people. The pipeline cancellation means more oil import.
Seriously? You're worried about the economy but shut down the keystone pipeline project? Give me a break.— WraithKind (@Wraith_Kind) February 1, 2021
The poor strategy on fighting climate change was recognized and praised by different environmental movements but considered a major disappointment by many others.
Canada will also suffer the blow.
#LIVE: Conservatives called for an Emergency Debate on the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation. This has devastated thousands of Canadian families and is a major blow to our economy. Tonight, we are advocating for Canada’s energy workers in Ottawa. https://t.co/sDzWqy3SpE— Erin O'Toole (@erinotoole) January 25, 2021
Prime Minister Justine Trudeau of Canada was disappointed due to economic and energy security. He highlighted that bilateral relations of Canada and US should prevail
However, Biden’s administration said that the permit of Keystone XL pipeline was not coherent to economy and climate requirements. Biden’s administration insisted that the cancelation is the first step to resolve climate problems.
The associate director of natural resource studies at the Fraser Institute, Elmira Aliakbari disapproves the Biden’s administration regarding solving climate problems. She said that the move will not help the reduction of emissions.
Moreover, she stated that it will not lessen the US oil dependency but will have higher chance to depend on oil imports from other countries such as Venezuela and Russia. She explained that the import of foreign oil will significantly increase emissions that will get in the US.
TO THOSE HAPPY ABOUT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE BEING SHUT DOWN. THIS SHOWS WHY PIPELINES ARE SAFER THAN TRAINS WHEN TRANSPORTING FOSSIL FUELS Lac Megantic Rail Disaster 5 years later https://t.co/B5omSQlYtO via @YouTube— Shaun D Strasser (@shaun_strasser) February 1, 2021
The pipeline could’ve provided more jobs and could’ve enabled a safe and more convenient way to transport oil instead of trains.
However, this convenience was taken away from everyone, with the advocacy masked as a fight for renewable energy.