South Dakotans shocked by President Biden’s reversal of the Keystone pipeline project say he’s taking away their jobs and is “playing with our lives.”
After he was sworn into office on Jan. 20, Biden immediately went to work and revoked the permit, ultimately shutting down construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was supposed to carry oil from Canada to Texas.
Now, South Dakota residents relying on the pipeline for financial stability fear they will be jobless.
“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” hotel owner, Laurie Cox, told the Washington Examiner of Biden’s controversial decision. “I was in shock for three days.”
Cox, who runs the Stroppel Hotel in Midland, South Dakota, knew that would affect her business and the pipeline workers who stayed and dined at her hotel.
“They said their bosses sat them down and said, ‘The area is locked up, and we’ve all got to go home,’” she told the outlet. “I tried to choke back my tears because they were still packing up, and their families still had to be told, and the last thing they needed was an innkeeper sitting here crying on them.”
Mechanic Gaylord Lincoln thought shutting down the pipeline was “bulls–t.”
“Come down here. See the destruction you caused. See the pain of job loss. You took our chance to have a decent life with a stroke of the pen,”
Lincoln told the Washington Examiner. “It’s all bulls–t in Washington. They are playing with our lives.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also disagreed with Biden’s decision saying he was “disappointed.”
“While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said in a statement.
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