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Biden stabs union members in the back

No doubt Bruce Springsteen the great union man is busy as we speak penning a ballad of outrage at the closing down of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have taken oil from Alberta in Canada to the Texas Gulf.

It was one of those things Biden had been nailed on during his TV debates with President Trump, but was beholden to the extreme left green faction of the Democratic coalition to do so. Indeed he closed the pipeline on his first day even as the ridiculous figure of faux-Woody-Guthrie-Springsteen was playing a song about working stiffs for a man who has spent an entire life mired in the Washington swamp. The same swamp that was part of bombing the Bejesus out of the places Springsteen’s ‘hopeless’ people emerged from.

The reaction of the self-appointed “fact checkers” to the jobs losses – including 1,000 immediate lay offs by the Canadian company TC Energy – was predictably duplicitous. They claimed that none of the unions or companies or others who had made statements had gotten back to them.

Not that anything they said was untrue, just that they hadn’t taken the time to respond to some Woke censor. Oh, and in any event the jobs, which were estimated to be over 50,000 once full production was up and running, were only “temporary.” Real jobs are temporary. Woke sanctimoniousness and hypocrisy is for ever.

The green left is happy as they don’t care about ordinary people anyway, unless they inconvenience them in some way, but those who like to pose as being on the side of Dungaree Joe claim that Biden’s mad Green New Deal – which of course he denied having anything to do with during his stage-managed appearances opposite Trump – will lead to trillions of dollars of new investment and millions of jobs tending wind trees and making sure the solar panels are pointing in the right direction.

All of this will complement Biden’s return to the Paris Accords which commit the United States and other western economies to potentially crippling environmental policies that have no proven value, while the Chinese Communist Party presides over a massive industrial base that is pumping carbon into the atmosphere like it was some new strain of the Wuhan virus.

Barely able to contain themselves, the mouthpieces of the CCP are laughing at those who kow-tow to them in the traditional pose of subservience to their overlords. The Chinese military intimidation of Taiwan is the diplomatic equivalent of mooning out the back window at the old banger you’ve just passed after conning them into using seaweed instead of petrol.

The closure of the pipeline at the cost of thousands of jobs also comes as a piece of hubris pie for those American unions which persuaded their members into voting for the Democrats in November. In August, the President of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, Mark McManus, declared that “Biden is a life-long Labor ally.”

Mark McManus of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters

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So what does McManus think of his hero now? He is not best pleased, it would seem. Here’s part of his statement on the matter.

In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1. Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world.

“Fringe activists.” Well, he and his members were told that this was exactly what was going to happen. At the very best interpretation, Biden is no more than a doddering patsy for sharks like Harris and the growing far left green extreme faction within a party that is a pastiche of the one that many Irish Americans and Irish in general associate with Kennedy. Who was none of the things the Democrats now revere.

Some opponents of Biden and his union backers were inclined to remind them of all this.

Another unintended consequence of the closure of the pipeline is that it has managed greatly to annoy the Canadians, who, like the Irish and black Americans, are just assumed by the Democrats to be worthy of nothing more than a patronising pat on the head every so often.

So spare a thought as well for the Ultra Woke Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau who was forced for political reasons to express some disappointment at the kick in the genollockers from his “friend,” but who is otherwise fully on board with the agenda of the Democrat left.


Justin Trudeau

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Indeed Trudeau, like his friends in the Democrats and the left generally, clearly values other things more than trivialities such as energy security and jobs. Trudeau added:

Despite President Biden’s decision on the project, we would like to welcome other executive orders made today, including the decisions to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, to place a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and to reverse the travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.


So like his buddies here who have amnesia when it comes to the Obama/Biden bullying of Ireland into the bank bailout in 2010, all of the ideological allies of China Joe will just have to see where this crazy trip takes them. Man. Or as Brucie might say, Take Me on Your Burnin’ Train.



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