Oh, snap: Union chief calls Obama’s Keystone XL delay “gutless,” “no example of profiles in courage”

posted at 1:21 pm on April 21, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Sure, approving the Keystone XL pipeline would alienate a small but deep-pocketed sect of the Democratic base, leaving President Obama and his party without that particular battalion of influential donors and infuriating its activists into a probably well-publicized frenzy — but not approving the pipeline is liable to have the some of the same effects with a different heavily-donating wing of the party.

When the Obama administration announced yet another through-the-upcoming-election delay of the embattled project on Friday, using the legal holdup on the ground in Nebraska as their entirely lame excuse, Big Labor was evidently none too amused. Via the WFB:

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move “gutless” and a “low blow to the working men and women of our country.” …

“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,” he said in a Friday statement.

O’Sullivan’s union represents many workers who would be employed in the construction phases of the project.

“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics,” he wrote.

“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.”

Not mincing words there, eh? I don’t know if this means that Big Labor will actually pull any money from the sort of vulnerable red-state Democrats who have come out swinging in favor of the pipeline or not, but I doubt it bodes well for any donations to bluer, anti-pipeline Dems — although it might not even matter. The eco-radical contingent of the party was pretty jazzed with President Obama’s non-decision, and billionaire Tom Steyer and his like-minded minions might have enough cash to make up any differences of their own accord:

The Koch brothers may get the media attention, but the billionaire getting the most political bang for his buck is Tom Steyer. The hedge-fund politico has pledged to raise $100 million to help Democrats keep the Senate, and on Friday he received a major return on his investment when the State Department again delayed its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. …

So Senate Democrats get to have it both ways. They can benefit this year from the riches of Mr. Steyer, who pronounced himself well pleased by the delay. But they can also run in support of the XL pipeline and the thousands of new jobs it would create. Then President Obama can formally nix it next year.


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Union upset, okay, so where will they go?

or…What difference does it make?

right2bright on April 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Enjoy the left on left rhetoricizage?
Or meh…good luck with that?

22044 on April 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hmmm, I don’t think it’s a set of antlers he needs to grow.

ImmigrantsWife on April 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Why do the People of the United States bother paying Obama’s salary? Doesn’t he gets enough dough from his billionaire friends?

Rix on April 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics,” he wrote.

Sounds weird coming from a union leader, doesn’t it?

Effay5 on April 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Eat your own reprobates.

Murphy9 on April 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I think what this country needs is a Labor party.

Grammar Nazi on April 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You voted him in union dipsh!ts…now embrace the suck…

PatriotRider on April 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Dogs Fleas

neyney on April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move “gutless” and a “low blow to the working men and women of our country.”

The Fascist-Democrats are anti-business. Business employs people. Ergo the Fascist-Democrats are also anti-worker.

rbj on April 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move “gutless” and a “low blow to the working men and women of our country.” …

You should have thought of that before you helped put the commie in office Terry.

cajunpatriot on April 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Union chief calls Obama’s Keystone XL delay “gutless,” “no example of profiles in courage”

Obama votes “present”.

dirtseller on April 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Obama is the iconic “little girly man”.

ConstantineXI on April 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Obama votes “present”.

dirtseller on April 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM

And nobody’s madder than Obama to hear that his administration has delayed the Keystone.

Effay5 on April 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

It’s true, this man has no dick.

John the Libertarian on April 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Outstanding expose of Coal-billionaire Tom Steyer:

The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

“Mr. Steyer has had a direct, personal involvement in assembling, through Farallon, a portfolio of strategic investments in overseas coal miners and coal fired power plants which is unprecedented in scale. The total quantum of Farallon’s investments in these transactions is not publicly disclosed, but reasonable estimates suggest that it could be between US$1 and $2 billion in total. Taken collectively, the coal producers in which his fund has amassed these investment interests represent one of the largest sources of thermal coal in the world…”

slickwillie2001 on April 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Only a fool would think that Obama would ever approve the pipeline.

alanstern on April 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Instead of B^tching/MOOCHing, the union clown should realize he’ll just have to top the $100M d-cRAT suggar-daddy Tom Steyer paid to have OBOZO stop the pipeline. I’ll bet 100,000,001 will be enough.

TeaPartyNation on April 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

It’s true, this man has no dick.

John the Libertarian on April 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

reminds me of this.

22044 on April 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Steyer and his friends can contribute SSS directly to Obama’s organizations. The unions can also chip in cash, but their real value is in Get Out the Vote (or, if you prefer, dig up the vote) operations around election time. So for Obama, there’s no reason to make the unions happy now, as long as he can squeeze cash out of eco-billionaires — he can flip sometime around the start of fall and still get the union assistance come election time.

jon1979 on April 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Say, you Union Rubes… haven’t you figured this out already?

Obama made a decision that to keep what support he had that he had to put off a Keystone decision. He wants the eco-freako Left on his side (why we shall never know) and didn’t want to PO them with approving it. But he couldn’t PO you Union Rubes because you were politically useful to him for the election.

See how that works?

After the election he can make you go hang. I mean, really, what will you do? Support Republicans? Endorse Capitalism so that you can continue to survive? You need him more than he needs you and can use a few issues to keep you on a short leash.

Yeah, he owns you.

He calls the shots.

Not you.

He may be a gutless wonder.

But YOU are HIS MARK and absolutely clueless.

ajacksonian on April 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

As I said before:

The unions will fall in line.

They always do. Just like African-Americans fell in line on gay marriage. Because the activist elitist liberal is in charge of the Democratic party.

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Obama has a ‘manhood problem’ here in Texas, too. Moochelle has a bigger set of stones than does the Dog Eater.

bimmcorp on April 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Don’t forget that The One is himself part of that “deep-pocketed” branch of deep-ecology fanatics in the Party.

I said at the start that he would never greenlight Keystone, anymore than he has stopped stonewalling oil exploration off the Gulf Coast or anywhere else he can roadblock it. Just as he vowed to “bankrupt” anyone running a coal-fired powerplant, and vowed to make POL more expensive.

The man is an anti-human, deep-ecology fanatic himself. You can make all the jokes about unicorn farts you like, but it’s not a matter for humor.

This is not a “political calculation” for him. It is his personal dogma. Which for some reason, nobody seems to get.

Everything he does comes from that dogma, on every subject. He can no more violate it than Joe Biden can make sense talking to a crowd. (Let alone the invisible gerbil he just spotted under the podium.)

If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a dedicated primitivist like John Holdren or Al Gore as President… well, now you know.

And yes, the Dems and MSM should have thought of that before they put The Messiah in the White House.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Steven Goddard had a post: April 12 Great Lakes Ice Cover Is The Highest On Record. (It’s the highest on record [for this late date] still!)

My comment:

Interesting that a lot of union folks live around the Great Lakes, and Obama and crew has halted the XL Pipeline supposedly to stop global warming. These union members in the freezing cold must really like the idea that their good paying jobs are being blocked by the Democrats to stop supposed warming. Not!

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So when will the endless articles about the Civil War on the Left start? PSYCH!!!!

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I was relieved to see Erika’s byline. I just couldn’t see Ed writing “Oh, snap.” AllahP? Possibly.

The unions will fall in line.

They always do. Just like African-Americans fell in line on gay marriage. Because the activist elitist liberal is in charge of the Democratic party.

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Yup, they are not prized for knowing how to think, their value is their cult-like ability to learn what to think.

Fallon on April 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Pshaw! Rules?! We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!

Reminds me of a saying in German for all you “deutschlings”: “Legal…Illegal…Scheiss egal.”

I’m sure that Obama uses that phrase when he speaks Austrian.

NavyMustang on April 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I was relieved to see Erika’s byline. I just couldn’t see Ed writing “Oh, snap.” AllahP? Possibly.

Fallon on April 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Yeah, there’s some law about that. Like you can’t use that phrase if you’ve had a colonoscopy. Or something like that.

22044 on April 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Pshaw! Rules?! We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!

Reminds me of a saying in German for all you “deutschlings”: “Legal…Illegal…Scheiss egal.”

I’m sure that Obama uses that phrase when he speaks Austrian.

NavyMustang on April 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Whoops! Wrong thread!

NavyMustang on April 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

These union members in the freezing cold must really like the idea that their good paying jobs are being blocked by the Democrats to stop supposed warming.

Especially since there’s been no warming 17 years, with cooling since 2002. Yes, CO2 has continued to rise steadily, and temperatures have flatlined. Picture the graph on that. With flatlining temps for nearly 2 decades, and with most of their models put out (as propaganda, not science) around 1990, what we see is the COMPLETE FAILURE OF ALL THEIR CLIMATE MODELS. The models are just totally off the mark, a joke (please see the graph at this link): http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Sure, approving the Keystone XL pipeline would alienate a small but deep-pocketed sect of the Democratic base, leaving President Obama and his party without that particular battalion of influential donors and infuriating its activists into a probably well-publicized frenzy — but not approving the pipeline is liable to have the some of the same effects with a different heavily-donating wing of the party.

Which is why they will keep putting off any decision, in hopes of avoiding offense to either one.

Which will work just fine. Until it doesn’t.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

That $100m will also buy the environmental report they’re looking for.

georgekaplan on April 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

“No Jobs for Oil”!

Key West Reader on April 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Disclaimer: Every one of those protestors got there by an oil using vehicle, and are wearing products made with or containing oil.

portlandon on April 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I predict he will approve it just before the midterms, and he will say it’s because Dems like Mary Landrieu forced *wink, wink* him.

PattyJ on April 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The unions will fall in line.

They always do. Just like African-Americans fell in line on gay marriage. Because the activist elitist liberal is in charge of the Democratic party.

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Lilly White Massa’ owns the Plantation. Black leaders whip the slaves into perpetual poverty and subservience to White Massa’.

/Horrible but true.

Key West Reader on April 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Hot World Syndrome is a phenomenon where the global warming apocalyptic content of mass media imbues viewers with the notion that the world is a hotter and more intimidating place to live than it actually is. http://evilincandescentbulb.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/hot-world-syndrome/

The things is that engaging in that sort of Hot World Syndrome fantasy is fine if all it did is raise the cost of gas (a lot!) and electricity for the rest of us, and raise the taxes and the rich, but when the insanity of following the nutty fear mongering Chicken Littles that are constantly crying wolf starts to cut deeplly in to the very livlihood of millions of hard working union folks, that’s when the unions say “we have enough of this garbage, we’re actually going to go hand in hand with the conservatives this time.”

anotherJoe on April 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Koch brothers may get the media attention, but the billionaire getting the most political bang for his buck is Tom Steyer. The hedge-fund politico has pledged to raise $100 million to help Democrats keep the Senate, and on Friday he received a major return on his investment when the State Department again delayed its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. …

Didn’t Steyer say that he was going to donate that $100 million to Dems who opposed the KXL Pipeline? Now he has been spending millions in opposition for years, but I believe he discussed only supporting politicians opposed to the pipeline in the upcoming election cycle.

I find it odd that he was earmarking millions for a political issue that would have been over had the President not delayed a decision yet again. It is almost like his $100 million promise was based on knowing that this was still going to be a political issue come election time. Fancy that.

airupthere on April 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Amount of time to study the takover of 1/6 of the economy, Obamacase, verses the time to build a few hundred miles of pipeline.

Which is more important and which has taken longer?

Discuss.

LouisianaLightning on April 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

If he and his union voted Obama-pound sand.

gerrym51 on April 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Grow some antlers is an interesting turn of phrase.

Wasn’t being cuckolded referred to by Shakespeare as having a pair of antlers hung upon you, or something like that?

Couple this post with the one about a perceived lack of manhood, and one begins to sense a theme…

rtrski on April 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

The union dirtbags put odumbass in office; they deserve to reap the rewards. F-them and pass the popcorn.

earlgrey on April 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Obama is a fan of Kabuki Theater, albeit a sorry practitioner of its subtlety. Remember the open-microphone stage whisper in which he asked the Russian ambassador to tell Putin that he (Obama) would “have more flexibility after the elections”? Fast forward to May or June 2014 and imagine a closed-door meeting between Obozo and the union chiefs. During that “secret” meeting he says something like, “I’m actually with you guys on this Keystone Pipeline thing. Just give me enough wiggle room to delay this deal until after the midterm elections, and then I’ll announce a ‘decision’ that will make you happy.” Obama, the Double Dealer, is never very far from the gaming table.

ricoliv on April 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM