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"A Cold, Hard Slap In The Face For Hard Working Americans"

- April 18, 2016

Today, Clinton Is Expected To Address A National Coalition Of Construction Workers' Unions

In Washington, D.C. Today, Clinton Is Scheduled To Give A Speech To The North America's Building Trades Union (NABTU), A Coalition Of Construction Workers' Unions. "Hillary Clinton will headline the 2016 Legislative Conference of North America's Building Trades Unions at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday." (Lisa Hagen, "The Trail 2016: The Campaign That Never Sleeps,"The Hill's Ballot Box, 4/19/16)

NABTU Endorsed Clinton In December. "'Today, North America's Building Trades are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton's campaign for President,' said Sean McGarvey, the organization's president." (Press Release, "North America's Building Trades Issue Formal Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton For President," North America's Building Trades Unions , 12/3/15)

CLINTON FAILED TO SUPPORT THE ONE SHOVEL-READY PROJECT THAT WORKERS AND LABOR GROUPS URGED HER TO SUPPORT: THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

Last Year, Clinton Came Out Against The Keystone XL Pipeline, Claiming It Was A "Distraction"

Clinton Said She Opposed Keystone Because It Was A "Distraction From The Important Work We Have To Do To Combated Climate Change." CLINTON: "I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is - a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues. Therefore I oppose it." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Community Forum At Moulton Elementary, Des Moines, IA, 9/22/15)

After Years Of Waffling, Last September Clinton Announced She Opposed The Construction Of Keystone, Calling It "A Distraction." "After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project. 'I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues,' she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday. 'Therefore, I oppose it.'" (Monica Alba and Carrie Dann, "Hillary Clinton: I Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline," NBC News, 9/22/15)

Six Weeks After Clinton Came Out Against Keystone, Obama Rejected The Pipeline. "Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy." (Josh Lederman, "Obama Quashes Keystone XL In Bid To Boost Climate Leverage," The Associated Press , 11/6/15)

NABTU President Sean McGarvey Personally Urged Clinton To Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline And Called It's Rejection "The Agenda Of Well Funded Radical Environmentalists"

After Clinton Announced Her Opposition NABTU Criticized Clinton's Stance As "Deeply Disappointing," Saying Clinton And Obama "Dithered And Lacked Leadership On The Issue." "With yesterday's public announcement by Secretary Clinton, all Democratic candidates for President have now stated their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. We find this development to be deeply disappointing not only for this vital energy infrastructure project, but for the future direction of the party. All eyes now remain on the Obama Administration who for nearly 8 years now, has dithered and lacked leadership on the issue by not taking a stand." (Press Release, "North America's Building Trades Unions Statement On The KXL Pipeline," North America's Building Trades Unions , 9/23/15)

When Obama Rejected Keystone In November 2015, McGarvey Said The Rejection "Only Serves To Advance The Agenda Of Well Funded Radical Environmentalists." "Yet, despite this administration's own findings that the Keystone project will result in the creation of 40,000 jobs as well as significant economic benefits to our country without impacting the environment, President Obama has chosen to place politics over substantive policy that only serves to advance the agenda of well funded radical environmentalists." (Press Release, "North America's Building Trades Unions: Keystone Rejection - Politics Wins; American Workers Lose," Oil And Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee , 11/6/15)

  • "North America's Building Trades Unions: Keystone Rejection - Politics Wins; American Workers Lose" (Press Release, "North America's Building Trades Unions: Keystone Rejection - Politics Wins; American Workers Lose," Oil And Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee , 11/6/15)

Back In January 2013, McGarvey Had Personally Urged Then-Secretary Clinton "To Approve The Presidential Permit Necessary To Move Forward Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline." "Sean McGarvey, Chairman of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee (ONGIL-MC), today urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to approve the Presidential Permit necessary to move forward construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 'The Keystone XL Pipeline has the potential to meet the stated goals of the Administration by providing energy security for our nation as well as economic security for workers,' said McGarvey, who is also the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO." (Press Release, "McGarvey Urges Secretary Clinton To Approve Presidential Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline," Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee , 1/8/13)

  • McGarvey Called The Clinton-Obama Footdragging On Keystone "A Cold, Hard Slap In The Face For Hard Working Americans." "The actions by the Obama Administration to further extend the review process for the Keystone XL pipeline is a cold, hard slap in the face for hard working Americans who are literally waiting for President Obama's approval and the tens of thousands of jobs it will generate." (Press Release, "Keystone XL Delay is 'Cold, Hard Slap in the Face' to American Workers," North America's Building Trades Unions , 4/21/14)

Virtually Every Major Labor Union In The Country, Including NABTU, Endorsed The Construction Of The Keystone Pipeline

NABTU Endorsed The Construction Of Keystone, Saying The Pipeline's Construction Could Help "Tens Of Thousands Of Hard-Working American Families." " So, now it's time for the collective voices of long-suffering and hard-working Americans to be heard. And our message is quite simple: On November 6th, America voted for Jobs. We urge the President to issue the final permitting for the Keystone XL Pipeline now so that tens of thousands of hard-working American families can share in our nation's ongoing recovery." (Press Release, "Americans Voted for Jobs - It's Time to Build the Keystone Pipeline," North America's Building Trades Unions , 11/15/12)

James Callahan, The President Of The International Union Of Operating Engineers: "The Project Is Expected To Generate Approximately 3,000 Job-Years For Operating Engineers Alone." "The project is expected to generate approximately 3,000 job-years for Operating Engineers alone. With congressional approval of the pipeline, you can unleash this massive economic activity at no cost to taxpayers." (IUOE President James Callahan, Letter To Reps. Boehner & Pelosi, 1/7/15)

In January 2015, The President Of The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Edwin D. Hill, Said "The Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) Project Will Put Americans Back-To-Work And Have Ripple Benefits Throughout The Economy." "On behalf of the approximately 750,000 active members and retirees of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), I urge you to support The Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. At a time when job creation should be a top priority, the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) project will put Americans back-to-work and have ripple benefits throughout the economy. During construction the project is expected to support at least 42,000 jobs and contribute $3.4 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product." (IBEW President Edwin Hill, Letter To Congress, 1/8/15)

In February 2013, The Entire AFL-CIO Federation Endorsed Keystone XL. "The A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation's largest federation of unions, has issued an apparent endorsement of the Keystone XL oil pipeline - apparent because it enthusiastically called for expanding the nation's pipeline system, without specifically mentioning Keystone. And while some union leaders said the federation's stance stopped short of an official endorsement, the nation's building trades unions - eager for the thousands of jobs the pipeline would create - issued a statement saying the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s stance was a clear endorsement of the Keystone pipeline." (Steven Greenhouse, "A.F.L.-C.I.O. Back Keystone Oil Pipeline, If Indirectly," The New York Times , 2/27/13)

  • In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Reiterated His Support For The Keystone Pipeline. "The AFL-CIO president also reiterated his support for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries." (Clare Foran, "AFL-CIO President Opposes Lifting Ban On Crude-Oil Exports," National Journal , 1/14/14)

James P. Hoffa, General President Of The International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, Stated In A December 2014 Op-Ed That The Teamsters Support The Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. "Jobs might not be in such short supply like they once were in Michigan and elsewhere. But good-paying jobs still are. That's why the Teamsters support the Keystone XL pipeline project that would allow North America to produce more of the world's oil supply." (James P. Hoffa, "Keystone Pipeline Would Boost Middle Class," The Detroit News, 12/10/14)

In April 2014, Terry O'Sullivan, The President Of Laborers' International Union Of North America (LIUNA), Called The Obama Administration "Gutless" For Leaving Workers Waiting On Keystone Decision. "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." (Press Release, "Laborers' International Union Of North America On Further Delay Of Keystone Recommendation,"Laborers' International Union Of North America, 4/18/14)

Clinton Put Politics Ahead Of Jobs, Opposing Keystone To Pander To Environmentalists And Green Donors

Politico Headline: "Hillary's Keystone Pivot Draws Green's Cheers." (Elena Schor and Annie Karni, "Hillary's Keystone Pivot Draws Green's Cheers," Politico, 9/22/15)

Opposing The Keystone Pipeline Is "A Political Winner" For Clinton And Satisfies Many Of The Big-Dollar Liberal Donors That She Is Courting For 2016. "Several of Clinton's top donors, including Tom Steyer and Susie Tompkins Buell, are active in the environmental movement, and they have wanted her to come out against Keystone for some time. It's an issue that matters a lot to that segment of the Democratic Party, and coming out against the pipeline takes a wedge issue away from Clinton's current opponents - and perhaps Vice President Joe Biden, if he runs." (Jonathan Allen, "Hillary Clinton's Opposition To Keystone XL Is A Political Winner," Vox, 9/22/15)

Clinton's Opposition To Keystone Reflects Her Leftward Shift On Environmental Issues To Court Green Activists. "In recent months, Clinton has tackled left on environmental issues, pledging to make combatting climate change a major goal of her presidency and opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which was rejected by the Obama administration on Friday. She's also promised to 'build on' President Barack Obama's plan mandating greenhouse gas reductions from power plants, a sweeping new environmental regulation that may result in the closure of hundreds of coal-fired plants and freeze construction of new coal plants." (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Releases Plan To Help Coal Country Adapt To Climate," The Associated Press , 11/12/15)

Clinton's "Left Turn" On Keystone Gave Into The Demands Of Left-Wing Environmentalists After Five Years Of "Denouncing Her Silence On The Most Divisive Environmental Controversy" Of Obama's Presidency. "Hillary Clinton's left turn on the Keystone XL oil pipeline won her heaps of praise Tuesday from the same climate activists who had spent five years denouncing her silence on the most divisive environmental controversy of Barack Obama's presidency." (Elena Schor and Annie Karni, "Hillary's Keystone Pivot Draws Green's Cheers," Politico , 9/22/15)

UPDATE: Building Trades Union Members Attending Clinton's Speech Are Holding Up Pro-Keystone XL Pipeline Signs, Saying "Pipelines = Good Jobs." (North America's Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., 4/19/16)

(North America's Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., 4/19/16)


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