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Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg claimed Thursday that President Biden's decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline is part of a broader plan that will end up being a net positive for employment, despite union outrage based on the loss of more than a thousand jobs.
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Biden revoked a necessary cross-border permit for the pipeline in an executive order on Wednesday, one of more than a dozen actions he took during his first hours in office. Construction on the project had stopped earlier in the day in anticipation of the move.
KEYSTONE PIPELINE HALT LEAVES US MANUFACTURERS UNHAPPY
"Environmental ideologues have now prevailed, and over a thousand union men and women have been terminated from employment on the project," North America’s Building Trades Unions said in a statement following Biden's action.
Asked about this at his confirmation hearing by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Buttigieg was optimistic that these losses will be offset by new positions created as the new administration shifts towards climate-conscious goals.