January 19, 2012 7 Comments
I want to talk a bit this morning about union workers. In full disclosure, I’m a scab and now management. But you know, my brothers in the unions are every bit as competent, trustworthy, and caring as any of us. They are damned good people many of whom I have worked with and been proud to know. The unions have over history done many good things for us, especially in the trades with regards to safety rules, work hours, benefits, and many other things. BUT, their leadership has gotten out of their control, and is no longer looking out for their membership but only for themselves. The really strange thing is, many are personally conservative. I hope the brotherhoods will recognize this soon and fix it but, that’s well beyond my control.
That said, I hope if you are a union Welder, Pipefitter, Steelworker, Teamster, Operating Engineer, Communication Worker, Laborer, Electrician, or any of the other trades in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, or Louisiana, and neighboring states, I hope you are really happy with Obama as President as you try to live on unemployment because he has decided not to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. That’s somewhere (depending on who you believe) between 20,000 and 200,000 union jobs gone. And they were without government subsidy, too. What I hear is the union leadership sold out their members for those illegal interim appointment to the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB).
You say that Keystone can reapply, yes they can, but why would they? They’ll simply build their pipeline to the west coast (with Canadian Labor) and ship their oil to China, with all the greatly increased environmental hazards associated with shipping oil (in northern waters) compared to a pipeline.
The other thing is, I don’t want to hear a single Obama supporter whining when gas goes to $5 a gallon gasoline this summer, which it will, it’s nobody’s fault but Obama’s.
One more thing, the tar sand crude that Keystone was to carry can be refined in only 2 refineries (if memory serves). Where are they getting comparable crude now? Venezuela, that’s where. And by the way, my information is that it is about the consistency (at room temperature) of paste shoe wax, the Ogallala Aquifer doesn’t recharge from rainwater, how is shoe polish going to contaminate it. That’s Obama, enemy of American Labor, friend to the world dictators. I hope Chavez is grateful.
So there you have, tens to hundreds of thousands of good American jobs gone, China gets more reliable oil, higher environmental risk, America gets higher gas prices, and Chavez gets to keep more revenue. Anybody think that’s a win for anybody in the US?
And the worst part, the Presidential Poltroon couldn’t make the decision, he had to hide behind Hillary Clinton’s skirt (pantsuit?) instead.
What a great leader!!!
- On the Keystone XL Project Rejection (spirofloblog.wordpress.com)