This past Thursday, Jen Psaki, the current White House Press Secretary, left nothing to the imagination in terms of answering questions regarding pipeline workers’ jobs. These questions naturally occurred after Biden canceled the Keystone Pipeline, including the thousands of jobs the pipeline would have provided.
The Keystone Pipeline cancellation led to concern for other pipelines, notably the pipeline that the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, wants to cancel. This past November, Whitmer informed Enbridge Inc., a Canadian Company, that she wants to revoke their easement since they had presumably not proven sufficient concern about the environment.
According to Whitmer, “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs.” Whitmer also added that they have violated the 1953 easement terms on a a repeated basis, which puts the Great Lakes and Michigan families at risk.
Whitmer also proclaimed that the most serious risk that Enbridge “imposed” on Michigan residents is “an unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill” in the Great Lakes Region.
Consequently, a reporter inquired as to whether or not the White House has similar cancellation plans in store for the Great Lakes pipeline, as well as other pipeline projects in the making.
Psaki blithely replied, “a number are under review,” adding “all of these pipelines” are constitute “a part” of what the Biden administration is assessing.
The Biden administration’s dismissive attitude towards pipeline jobs is not new. Pete Buttigieg, who was then the nominee for Transportation Secretary, suggested pipeline workers find “different” jobs instead.