Well, that didn’t take long.
Joe Biden, on his first day in office took sweeping executive action signaling that he will stop the development of fossil fuel infrastructure and block further domestic oil exploration.
Those actions include rejecting a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline; placing a moratorium on oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and directing federal agencies to review more than a dozen regulations and other actions by the Trump administration aimed at increasing fossil fuel production, reported Inside Climate News.
Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute, said Biden's decision is not grounded in science and will put thousands of Americans out of work,
"The pipeline — the most studied infrastructure project in American history — is already under construction and has cleared countless legal and environmental hurdles," Durbin said in a statement. "Halting construction will also impede the safe and efficient transport of oil, and unfairly single out production from one of our closest and most important allies.”
Keystone XL chief Richard Prior immediately announced the permit denial will force the company to cut 1,000 jobs. According to reporting by the UK’s Sun, Mr. Pryor said: "Over 1,000 positions will be eliminated in the coming weeks, the majority of these unionized workers representing the building trades."
"Environmental ideologues have now prevailed, and over a thousand union men and women have been terminated from employment on the project," North America’s Building Trades Unions said in a statement following Biden's action reported by Fox Business News.
According to a letter Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines wrote to Biden, cancellation of the project will cost America 11,000 direct high-paying jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs.
Senator Daines also pointed out that, “Keystone XL construction will also induce significant spending and revenue at the local level, with hundreds of millions of dollars going to small businesses and major tax revenue increases for local schools and public safety. Some of the most rural areas in the country will now be able to invest further in new schools, new roads, and other public works projects that will bring about a higher standard of living.”
But jobs and a higher standard of living for their fellow Americans are not priorities for Biden, or for his nominee for Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg spouted this example of his signature meaningless nonsense during his confirmation hearing, "I believe that the president's climate vision will create more jobs on that… And I think it's going to be very important to work with him and work with Congress to make sure that we can deliver on that promise too. That on that, more good-paying union jobs will be created in the context of the climate and infrastructure work that we have before us than has been impacted by other decisions.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pressed Buttigieg on what that actually meant.
“So for those workers, the answer is somebody else will get a job?” Cruz asked.
“The answer is we are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones," Buttigieg said according to reporting by Fox Business.
Buttigieg’s answer was a very revealing “tell” that what the Biden administration plans to do is completely abandon America and Americans first and return to the globalist, econometric model policies of the Obama – Paul Ryan era where American workers were merely pawns for the government to move around the chessboard to fill-in the jobs it wants created at the places it wants to create them.
If you are living and working in Montana or Minnesota and the government takes away your good-paying job there, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden think you should just pick-up house and family and move to wherever they decide to subsidize the next Solyndra, Ener 1, Amonix, Abound Solar or other green energy scam that will enrich Democrat-connected investors, go broke and devastate the workers whose real jobs in the real world of energy production were destroyed.
Call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell Republican Senators Pete Buttigieg has clearly disqualified himself from confirmation as Secretary of Transportation, and they should vote NO when his confirmation comes before them.