Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the Biden administration during transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office.
“And with the stroke of a pen, President Biden has told those 11,000 workers, those union workers, ‘Your jobs are gone,’” Cruz said during Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing on Thursday morning. “Mr. Buttigieg, what do you say to those workers whose jobs have just been eliminated by presidential edict?”
Buttigieg responded by saying that Biden’s climate agenda will create a net increase in jobs, to which Cruz shot back, “So, for those workers, the answer is someone else will get a job?”
“The answer is that we are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones,” Buttigieg explained.
See Video of Cruz Below with Buttigieg in confirmation hearings
Cruz said he fears the Keystone XL cancellation is the first on a long list of decisions that will eliminate union, energy, and manufacturing jobs.
President Biden announced Wednesday that his administration will revoke a key permit needed for the pipeline, citing environmental concerns and claiming that the pipeline does “not serve the U.S. national interest.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opposed the move, saying he was “disappointed” that the 1,700-mile pipeline that was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the Canadian province of Alberta was blocked.
“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.