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Unions Furious at Obama for Killing Pipeline Jobs
Daily Caller ^ | 11-10-11 | Neal Monroe

Posted on 11/10/2011 4:04:51 PM PST by Driftwood1

Statement of Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA, On Delay of Keystone XL Pipeline Construction

Washington, D.C. (November 10, 2011) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today in response to the U.S. State Department delay of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

Environmentalists formed a circle around the White House and within days the Obama Administration chose to inflict a potentially fatal delay to a project that is not just a pipeline, but is a lifeline for thousands of desperate working men and women. The Administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs – job-killers win, American workers lose.

Environmental groups from the Natural Resources Defense Council to the Sierra Club may be dancing in the streets, having delayed and possibly stopped yet another project that would put men and women back to work. While they celebrate, pipeline workers will continue to lose their homes and livelihoods.

We had hoped the decision would have been made on the basis of economics, facts and the best interests of the nation, not on the basis of a political calculation.

The State Department should have been freed to make its decision, and then allowed the state and people of Nebraska to proceed with their concerns through the many avenues available to them. That would have been a sign of the Administration’s support for jobs and a recognition that workers can’t wait until after the next election for a job.

We are extremely disappointed.

(Excerpt) Read more at nation.foxnews.com ...


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KEYWORDS: jobs; keystone; liuna; obama; pipeline; reelection; sierraclub; unions
Uh oh.
1 posted on 11/10/2011 4:04:54 PM PST by Driftwood1
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To: Driftwood1

chuckle-chuckle


2 posted on 11/10/2011 4:08:12 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Driftwood1

Yet they will still fill his pockets with money and march in lockstep to vote for the filthy bastard.


3 posted on 11/10/2011 4:08:41 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~... Newt/Cain 2012..."Save a pretzel for the gas jets.")
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To: Driftwood1

LUNA must not be part of the AFL-CIO, Bambi’s main squeeze.

The goons will probably be on the doorstep tomorrow.


4 posted on 11/10/2011 4:09:42 PM PST by livius
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To: Driftwood1

liberals running into each other again.

Ok, I’ll ask the $64,000 question: why does building a pipeline require unionization of its workers?


5 posted on 11/10/2011 4:09:50 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Driftwood1

6 posted on 11/10/2011 4:10:21 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Driftwood1
Unions vs Environmentalists.

Political irony and Schadenfreude at its best.

7 posted on 11/10/2011 4:10:49 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Driftwood1

Unions and Pipeline Jobs?

What makes them think they OWN this job sector, like so many others?

Where can I can get me some non-Union petrol?


8 posted on 11/10/2011 4:12:18 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Driftwood1

These people should get federal jobs, like all other good union democrats...


9 posted on 11/10/2011 4:14:55 PM PST by jonascord (Political euthanasia would benefit the species...)
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To: Driftwood1
With so much insanity going on in the middle east, it was vital that the Keystone project go forward. But Obama has delayed it and so doing put our national security at risk. This is a MAJOR story but I'm betting the MSM doesn't give it the coverage it deserves. And talk about job killing. This project would have created thousands of new high paying jobs without costing the taxpayer anything. It would have been financed with private capital.

I don't need any more convincing. I knew Obama was a dangerous man back in 2008. But this ought to convince any doubters just what he is. God help us. This man must be defeated in 2012.
10 posted on 11/10/2011 4:17:51 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: EyeGuy
Where can I can get me some non-Union petrol?

Well, unfortunately a lot of it is imported. That probably isn't union-thug gas.

11 posted on 11/10/2011 4:19:05 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: EyeGuy

As a past member of the U nited Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters i have question my former breythen on their die hard support of dems that are in bed first and foremost with the enviros that do nothing but kill top paying projects...


12 posted on 11/10/2011 4:19:52 PM PST by shotgun
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To: Driftwood1

Yet another reason the government needs to get OUT of private business and let Americans run America.

Screw the environmentalists and screw Obama.


13 posted on 11/10/2011 4:22:26 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: EyeGuy

The workforce for the companies that build pipelines is pretty heavily unionized.


14 posted on 11/10/2011 4:22:30 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Driftwood1
job-killers win, American workers lose.

Green is a more powerful issue. If the left can get total control over our environment, they control everything in our lives.
The unions, like the black vote, will just do as they're told. The left has these two groups tightly packed into their political lock box.

15 posted on 11/10/2011 4:23:35 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: colorado tanker

“The workforce for the companies that build pipelines is pretty heavily unionized.”

Which means that pipeline construction is both unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.

Not to mention, financing the war on American conservatism.


16 posted on 11/10/2011 4:26:09 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Driftwood1

He killing pipeline jobs oil rig job and trucking jobs.

When will America wake up?


17 posted on 11/10/2011 4:28:56 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Driftwood1

OH, this is so delicious! The unions bitching about Obama failing to get them jobs! Don’t they know that Obama is an equal opportunity fu*k*r? If you haven’t been screwed by Obama yet, just wait your turn!


18 posted on 11/10/2011 4:32:19 PM PST by majormaturity
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To: Driftwood1

What the heck needs environmental protection in Nebraska?
Its frozen prairie.


19 posted on 11/10/2011 4:35:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: EyeGuy

Remember these unions are “international” meaning they’re in Canada too. A lot of the pipeline will be on the Canadian side.


20 posted on 11/10/2011 4:39:22 PM PST by colorado tanker
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I will enjoy watching this play out. Environmentalists vs unions vs Obana - hahahahaha!!!!


21 posted on 11/10/2011 4:40:38 PM PST by Driftwood1
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To: truthguy
I agree with your post and I wish to add a few points.

The enviros argument against Keystone is that increased tar sands oil production will create more pollution. By stopping Keystone they think they will limit tar sands oil production. This is insane reasoning. They are already planning a replacement pipeline to Kitimat, BC. Kitimat has an excellent port that will serve as the transfer point to load tar sands oil on tankers for the PRC. Production will ramp up just as quickly as if Keystone was built, the only difference is that the oil will go to refiners in China, not Texas. Just to let everyone know, Keystone was not going to cost the US taxpayer a dime.

There is another large infrastructure project ready to go in Detroit. The Canadian and Ontario governments are ready to built a new 6 lane bridge over the Detroit River from Windsor to Detroit. The project is being stalled. Canada has offered the state of Michigan a $650 million dollar loan to build the needed infrastructure on the US side. They loan would be paid off with toll revenue. This new bridge will not cost the US taxpayer a dime.

Meanwhile the US spends money on, among other things, courses and studies to help Chinese hookers drink less alcohol.

Am I living in a Bizarro world?

22 posted on 11/10/2011 4:43:00 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-The government gets rich, you get poor.)
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To: colorado tanker
The workforce for the companies that build pipelines is pretty heavily unionized.

Except here in the southwest where its pretty heavily Latinized.

(The foreman at least must be able to speak English. BTW, they are very hard workers, know their job and don't cause trouble.)

23 posted on 11/10/2011 4:46:51 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: blueplum
Most of the national pipeline contractors are signed to the various union agreements using national agreements, this allows the trades to cross into different jurisdictions, pipelining is very specialized, the people who do it are travelers, they move with the work.
The unions provide very talented people, you cannot hire off the street and get the knowledge and ability's they have. Don't think so, try installing five miles of 36 to 54 inch steel pipe a day, cleared, trenched, welded, placed, tested, backfilled and restored with green hands.
24 posted on 11/10/2011 4:47:23 PM PST by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: EyeGuy

you ever do this work, or even seen it done...just wondering


25 posted on 11/10/2011 4:49:38 PM PST by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: edpc
Political irony and Schadenfreude at its best.

I'd enjoy it if the consequences weren't so bad for the US. A secure energy pipeline to a safe, stable democracy right on our border is much bigger than Obama's election finagling or his relationship with unions.
26 posted on 11/10/2011 4:53:21 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Driftwood1

If the GOP wasn’t run by idiots, everytime Obama says, “Republicans are stopping my jobs bill that will put blah, blah, blah back to work”...they’d just list all the jobs he’s killed as president.

No pipeline, no drilling in the gulf because of an accident (living takes risk for all the whiny libs out there), etc.


27 posted on 11/10/2011 4:53:50 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'll vote for Mitt Romney when Hell freezes over. He's as bad or worse than Zero.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Excellent points!!!

And yes, we are living in bizarro world. :-(


28 posted on 11/10/2011 4:56:21 PM PST by Driftwood1
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To: Driftwood1


29 posted on 11/10/2011 4:57:56 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

True, but it’s an issue his general election opponent can bring up.


30 posted on 11/10/2011 4:59:40 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: EyeGuy
Which means that pipeline construction is both unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.

Companies that have to pay union wages get every dollars worth out their workers.

Steelworkers earn every dime they make.

31 posted on 11/10/2011 5:06:25 PM PST by digger48
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To: Fledermaus
No pipeline, no drilling in the gulf because of an accident......"

I'm not a conspiracy buff, but when that accident first happened I was suspicious right away of the close proximity of Earth Day, as I recall, it was just after that or something like that.

Our little county was attacked by the liberal "Elf" goons years ago, and I think it was on Earth Day. They bombed our PG&E power plant, and everyone was without power for a day. So I'm more than a little suspicious about ANYthing that happens around the time of Earth Day.

I'm just sayin'.......was the oil spill really an accident?

32 posted on 11/10/2011 5:07:47 PM PST by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! !)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
"Am I living in a Bizarro world?"

We are all there:


President Bozo
Sandusky and Paterno
99% that don't know what they stand for
etc., etc., etc.

33 posted on 11/10/2011 5:09:30 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: mylife
What the heck needs environmental protection in Nebraska? Its frozen prairie.

The stated concern is that a leak will contaminate the Ogallala aquifer. It's a strawman argument meant to divert the real purpose which is to prevent the US from taking advantage of the crude oil in tar sands.

It's true that a leak might contaminate a small area (on the order of acres if it reaches the groundwater). The size of the aquifer in Nebraska is on the order of 64,400 square miles. And contrary to the common opinion of it being an underground lake, its main composition is sands and gravels. A single truckload of crude oil crashing into a lake, stream or river has the potential to contaminate a much greater volume of surface water than a pipeline leak, especially with today's instrumentation and inspection procedures.

It's unfortunate that the state's Republican governor and US senator have bought into the environmentalist argument and are happy to have the pipeline delayed and moved. In the meantime more water from the aquifer is being used to grow corn to produce ethanol or biodiesel for use in motor vehicles instead of human consumption. And the final irony is that the water is essentially irreplaceable; the ratio of pumping to recharge is about 10:1. So in the guise of protecting the water, the nimbys have actually endangered more groundwater than would be impacted by a pipeline leak. But who says politicians are smart anyway; it's all about maintaining power, isn't it?

34 posted on 11/10/2011 5:16:15 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: Driftwood1

They’ll vote to re-elect the fool anyway.


35 posted on 11/10/2011 5:19:23 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: digger48

No they don’t, certainly not in all instances

I’ve seen Union Labor at work firsthand as a Union member, paid for it personally, and been picketed by the dead asses for hiring superior, cheaper non-Union labor both skilled and unskilled.


36 posted on 11/10/2011 5:38:03 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for the background.


37 posted on 11/10/2011 5:40:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Rumplemeyer

What has my personal experience got to do with it?

I wasn’t denigrating the work or the workers.

I was taking issue with the Unions getting their corrupt and inefficient paws all over this work.


38 posted on 11/10/2011 5:41:24 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy

They will still vote for him in lock step.


39 posted on 11/10/2011 5:42:20 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Driftwood1

Furious at Obama? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, you don’t say!

How could that be?


40 posted on 11/10/2011 6:13:29 PM PST by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: Allegra

***** “Yet another reason the government needs to get OUT of private business and let Americans run America.

Screw the environmentalists and screw Obama.” *****

Lather, Rinse and Repeat

TT


41 posted on 11/10/2011 6:17:20 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is real islam. Moderate islam is the trojan horse.)
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To: EyeGuy

The pipeline construction, at least through the first few northern states, are in areas where all the workers are union.


42 posted on 11/10/2011 6:25:27 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Driftwood1

What? Democraps are really, truly against the “working man”? Say it isn’t so!


43 posted on 11/10/2011 7:25:46 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: EggsAckley

**** “I’m just sayin’.......was the oil spill really an accident?” ****

Yes, it was ... unfortunately it happened while we have a Marxist, Anti-American, Anti-Capitalist POS as President willing to use the incident to advance his agenda

TT


44 posted on 11/10/2011 7:38:33 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is real islam. Moderate islam is the trojan horse.)
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To: EggsAckley

Makes sense. These people are scum.


45 posted on 11/10/2011 9:19:16 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'll vote for Mitt Romney when Hell freezes over. He's as bad or worse than Zero.)
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