As President Joe Biden prioritizes the controversial climate change theory and destroys tens of thousands of jobs, America’s top labor leader criticizes these losses and the impractical alternatives presented to workers.
For American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka, simply moving jobs is not enough, he told Axios on Feb. 7.
Creating jobs in California doesn’t help families in of destroyed jobs in Pennsylvania
“If you destroy 100 jobs in Greene County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, and you create 100 jobs in California, it doesn’t do those 100 families much good,” Trumka said.
And he asked, “If you’re looking at a pipeline and you’re saying we’re going to put it down, now what are you going to do to create the same good-paying jobs in that area?”
Trumka also raised the inconsistency of presenting as an alternative the possibility of oil industry workers now being trained as computer systems programmers, if the companies in their regions don’t exist to offer them those jobs.
We will train you to be computer programmers
“You know, when they laid off at the mines back in Pennsylvania, they told us they were going to train us to be computer programmers,” Trumka recounted.
“And I said, ‘Where are the computer programmer jobs at?’ ‘Uh, they’re in, uh, Oklahoma and they’re in Vegas and they’re here.’ And I said, ‘So, in other words, what we’re going to be is unemployed miners and unemployed computer programmers as well,” Trumka concluded.
He further noted that people “love where they live, and they love the people in that area. And for them, that’s their home. And that’s their culture.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee warned about the drastic measures taken by Biden since his first day in the White House.
No solution to climate change
Barrasso said these will not only cause great harm to state economies dependent on oil and gas revenues, but also would not solve environmental problems.
“These orders will take a sledgehammer to the economies of western states without putting a dent in climate change,” Barrasso wrote in an article in USA Today.
Extensive job loses and millions in lost revenue used to pay for public schools, essential services
He added, “A federal leasing ban would kill an estimated 62,000 jobs in New Mexico, nearly 120,000 in Texas, and more than 33,000 in my home state of Wyoming next year alone, according to the American Petroleum Institute.”
He also stated that these policies will not only lead to high unemployment rates in these states, but will also result in the loss of millions of dollars in lease revenue used to fund public schools, essential services, and infrastructure investments.
Likewise, American Petroleum Institute (API) Senior Vice President for Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola said that if President Biden bans oil and gas development on federal lands it could scuttle up to one million jobs.
“The first few days should concern all Americans because the administration is clearly taking actions that are going to harm the economy and cost Americans jobs,” Macchiarola stressed to Breitbart on Jan. 24.