Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has suffered a backlash in his policy on the controversial climate change because the Keystone XL pipeline agreed to hire 52,000 workers to continue the project that Biden had promised to eliminate.
Biden would even have tried to win the votes of these workers, who are members of four unions, but the policies of the Trump administration that defend the project now make it possible for them to have jobs, according to The Washington Times of Aug. 5.
“This project will bring good-paying jobs to our members, all while keeping energy costs low and delivering a boost to local communities and their economies. We’re ready to get to work,” said Mark McManus, general president of the U.S. Plumbers and Pipers Union.
Meanwhile, one of the owners of the pipeline, TC Energy, announced that a $10 million training program will be developed in parallel so that union members can also work in the renewable energy sector, “North America is in desperate need of more modern, safe and efficient energy infrastructure,” stressed James T. Callahan, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, according to TC Energy.
The giant project will require an investment of $8 billion and will extend nearly 1,243 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska.
Additionally, the pipeline will contribute $3.4 billion to the U.S.’s GDP, and to the local economy about $55 million in property taxes, during the first year of operation.
This pipeline would also become part of a network that would send crude oil to the refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States.
The Keystone XL project had already experienced opposition from former President Barack Obama, who blocked it in 2015 by denying permission to cross the border with Canada, arguing the impact of the climate change.
Biden’s campaign continued to reject the project. Biden’s policy director, Stef Feldman, said that Biden would ”stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
Biden promised millions of jobs by investing $2 trillion in energy infrastructure but would prevent the investments needed to develop this important pipeline.