Jen Psaki mocks reporter 1,000 people put out of work president decision cancel Keystone XL pipeline
White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to openly mock a reporter who questioned the Biden administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday.
Some 11,000 potential jobs will be shelved following the president’s decision to halt construction of the pipeline that was supposed to carry oil from Canada to Texas.
The decision immediately left 1,000 people working on the pipeline in South Dakota on unemployment but Biden promised those affected would get ‘green jobs’.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked what would become of the 1,000 job losses after President Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL oil pipeline
Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy raised the question during a press briefing where he asked where workers could go for their ‘green job’
‘Where is it that they can go for their green job?’ Peter Doocy a reporter with Fox News reporter asked Psaki during Monday afternoon’s press briefing.
‘That is something the administration has promised and there is now a gap so I’m just curious when that happens, when those people can count on that?’ Doocy added.
The question was roundly mocked by Psaki.
‘Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting a green job,’ Psaki retorted. ‘Maybe next time you’re here you can present that.’
But Doocy didn’t let up: ‘But you said they will be getting green jobs. I’m just asking when that happens?’ he responded.
Psaki responded: ‘Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting green jobs’
A report by the Laborers’ International Union of North America stated that 1,000 union jobs on the Keystone project would ‘immediately vanish,’ with another 10,000 jobs likely to disappear.
The 1,210-mile pipeline was to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day from Alberta to Nebraska and then through an existing system to refineries in Texas.
Biden has promised to create good-paying union jobs in the green energy sector as part of the drive to end America’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Psaki batted away the criticism and promised that Biden would be forthcoming with a jobs plan in the coming weeks.
‘He has every plan to share more details on that plan in the weeks ahead,’ she said after being asked how workers left jobless by the decision would be supported.
President Biden, pictured, signed an executive order on his first day in office revoking a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that had been granted by Donald Trump
Last month, the Biden administration unveiled its $2 trillion Green New Deal-fueled environmental plan, which bold moves includes eliminating coal, oil and natural gas as sources of electricity by 2035.
But it hasn’t gone without hiccups. Biden’s climate czar John Kerry was deemed to be ‘out of touch’ by Republicans after suggesting coal workers impacted by climate change efforts could ‘go to work to make the solar panels.’
Biden ally and prominent union leader AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said the president should have also announced where and how he would replace the lost jobs.
‘I wish he hadn’t done that on the first day, because the Laborers International was right. It did and will cost us jobs in the process,’ Trumka told Axios.
Biden ally and prominent union leader AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, pictured, said the president should have also announced where and how he would replace the lost jobs
Heavy equipment is seen on part of the Keystone XL route last Monday as business owners along the route said their dreams had been crushed by Biden’s decision
‘I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing that he did second by saying, ‘Here’s where we’re creating jobs,”
Trumka, who used to be a coal miner said that he was skeptical over the president’s plant to find coal, gas and oil workers clean energy jobs.
‘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 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,” he said.
A pipeline sign on a farmer’s land in Canada, where Biden’s decision was also greeted with disappointment