Communications Workers of America * SEIU * Transport Workers Union * United Auto Workers * United Steel Workers * Sierra Club * NRDC
For release January 18, 2012
For Sierra Club: Eddie Scher, 415-815-7027, firstname.lastname@example.org
For CWA: Candice Johnson, 202-434-1347, email@example.com.
For SEIU: Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796, firstname.lastname@example.org
For UAW: Michele Martin, email@example.com
For TWU: Jamie Horwitz, 202-549-4921, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Groups, Unions Support President Obama’s Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline
Washington, D.C. -- The Keystone XL Pipeline is a complex project which deserved the careful consideration regarding its environmental and economic impacts that the Obama Administration planned to provide.
In a cynical move, the House Republican leadership called for a rapid decision on the pipeline in exchange for agreeing to keep the payroll tax cut in place. The payroll tax cut enacted last year has been an important part of efforts to turn around our struggling economy. While the House Republicans wrapped job creation rhetoric around their pipeline demands, they have rejected numerous opportunities to support programs creating good U.S. jobs. Here are a few of the jobs initiatives proposed by the Obama administration that Republican members of Congress have rejected:
A project this far-reaching deserved better than the “politics as usual” strategy of a do-nothing Republican Congress. Their job blackmail agenda is simply wedge politics.
Addressing global climate change, establishing sustainable and secure energy sources, and creating and retaining safe and family-supportive jobs are keys to a positive future for our children and grandchildren. President Obama has acted wisely.