(PatrioticPost)- One of President Joe Biden’s first orders of business was signing an executive order that halted construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Many environmentalists were concerned about the pipeline, which was going to transport crude oil from Canada to the United States. Those critics of the pipeline thought it would have a negative effect on climate change.
What that executive order also immediately did is eliminate roughly 11,000 jobs in the United States. In 2021 alone, that project would have employed that many people, 8,000 of whom are part of a union.
One of those people who was laid off is Neal Crabtree. He’s a welding foreman who started working on pipeline construction back in 1997 as an apprentice. Talking to Fox News about the shutdown of the pipeline, he said:
“This is not a time to be making political statements. We need to be finding ways to put more Americans back to work, not the other way around.”
Crabtree, who is 46 years old and from Arkansas, is a member of Pipeliners Local Union 798. That is one of four unions who will see their members be out of work now due to the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
When Biden signed the executive order, Crabtree was working on a pump station for the pipeline in Nebraska. That’s how he and his team members heard about the move that ultimately (and swiftly) cost them their jobs.
Last week, Crabtree wrote on Facebook that he felt “a sick feeling in my stomach and an aching in my heart.”
In addition to losing his job, Crabtree also had to inform his entire team that they were being laid off, too.
He told Fox News:
“Just like the rest of the country, COVID hurt us bad. We had a lot of projects canceled. We’ve got guys that haven’t worked in months, and in some cases years, and to have a project of this magnitude canceled, it’s going to hurt a lot of people, a lot of families, a lot of communities.”
Members of the Biden administration act like they care when questioned about the jobs lost. But, their solutions for it aren’t grounded in reality.
Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s nominee for Transportation Secretary, talked last week about a broader plan for employment that he said would end up being a “net positive” for all the workers.
“We are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
The question, though, is what those “different” jobs will be. If the Biden administration continues to essentially shut down union jobs in these industries, will the union workers have the skills necessary to complete the jobs in the other industries? Or, will new workers with different skills be hired?
Moves like this are likely to continue to cause people in middle America to not like Biden and the Democrats. As the left tries to work on climate change, people who lose their jobs move further away to the right.