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“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics”
Statement of Terry O’Sullivan,
General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America,
On Further Delay of State Department Recommendation on the Keystone XL Pipeline
Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2014) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, made the following statement today regarding further delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
This is once again politics at its worst. In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process -- and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn’t wait to do it in the dark of night.
It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics. Once again, the Administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the Administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.
This is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.
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