Last week Queen Cacklepants attempted to shore up her union support by coming out against the ♡bamaCare!!! Cadillac tax. Daniel John Sobieski noticed something I’d forgotten from the week before — Clinton’s “Pope News Dump” announcement that she would oppose Keystone XL and, as a consequence, all the union jobs the pipeline would support.
The oil will be extracted whether Keystone XL is built or not. The pipeline itself, which will also carry via a link Bakken crude from North Dakota, will create tens of thousands of high-paying union jobs. According to the American Economic Forum, the seven-year delay on Keystone has already cost the American economy $175 billion in lost economic activity.
That unions want Keystone XL was seen in the testimony before Congress of a key union leader in the under-employed construction trades:
Testifying on behalf of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Legislative Director David Mallino recently appeared before the House subcommittee on energy and power.
“The unemployment rate in the construction industry reached over 27% in 2010, and joblessness in construction remains far higher than any industry or sector, with over 1 million construction workers currently unemployed in the United States,” he testified. “Too many hard-working Americans are out of work, and the Keystone XL Pipeline will change that dire situation for thousands of them.”
The Keystone pipeline is safe, certainly safer than the oil trains that carry oil and are involved in frequent explosive derailments. It doesn’t threaten the planet and the Alberta oil will be extracted anyway. The only thing that may be in jeopardy if it isn’t built is Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
It’s a miracle Clinton can remember who she’s supporting in what way at any given moment, and who she just screwed over by doing so.
But there’s always tomorrow, and another promise to make or break, and another position to reverse or adopt.