November 20, 2014
By Terry O'Sullivan
Washington, DC – Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – made the following statement on the U.S. Senate vote regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline:
The failure of the U.S. Senate to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline is a vote against all construction workers, a vote to keep good, middle-class jobs locked out of reach and a vote to continue to rely on nations that hate America for our energy.
As the White House politicized the construction of the pipeline, 41 Senate Democrats cowardly stepped in line, throwing one of their own colleagues, Sen. Mary Landrieu, along with hard working blue-collar construction workers under the bus.
That Democrats would block the pipeline's approval in spite of the fact that repeated environmental impact statements have all concluded that the Keystone XL will have no appreciable impact on greenhouse gas emissions, leaves us disillusioned, disgusted and exasperated with the current majority party and it leaves no doubt as to why they will soon be the minority party.
Continued pandering to environmental extremists, who want to hamper the American economy and destroy jobs is a recipe for continued election losses.