President Joe Biden’s first week in office will go down in history for much different (worse) reasons than former President Donald Trump’s first week in the White House, as Biden seemed solely focused on killing as many high-paying, blue-collar, skilled jobs that he possibly could.
Of course, that started with his day one executive order that effectively killed the ultra-important Keystone XL pipeline project, which analysts say could cost tens of thousands of jobs directly and hundreds of thousands of supporting jobs — like the people who work in nearby restaurants, stores and other service-related industries.
It took a few days, but a few high-profile Democrats are beginning to speak out against the controversial move, probably because their constituents are — pardon my French — pissed off, and rightfully so.
According to the Washington Examiner, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin spoke out against Biden’s move on Tuesday night during an interview in which he made crystal clear that he does not support the decision to kill the project.
“Well, at the bottom line, I disagree. I respectfully disagree with the president and the executive order on doing away with the Keystone pipeline,” Manchin said.
He went on to argue that moving crude oil through a well-designed pipeline is much safer than how it’s transported otherwise.
“I’ve seen a train blow up in West Virginia carrying that crude. I’ve seen tanker cars explode going through towns. It’s much safer in that pipeline than it is coming across the road or the rail. If they think they’re going to stop that product, that’s a heavy crude we need in our refineries.”
In a refreshing moment of clarity from a Democratic senator — which is exceedingly rare these days — Manchin made a simple, yet powerful point concerning where he’d like America to get its oil supply from.
“I’m an all-in energy person, Bret. And we have to have energy basically, and not depend on foreign energy,” Manchin said. “So, we have to have the heavy crude. I rather it come from Canada than I would from Venezuela.”
I would really love to speak to an American who can honestly say that they would rather have Venezuelan oil than Canadian oil. But if everyone’s being honest, I would never get that chance, because of course Americans would agree with Manchin’s statement if politics weren’t involved.
Tester, who represents the state of Montana, argued that he believes the Keystone XL pipeline is a “good project,” while saying that he believes in climate change, but doesn’t think a pipeline is going to help combat the alleged effects of what Democrats call an “existential threat” to America and the world.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org