by Zane Walker
In late November, Enbridge announced it was laying off 500 workers and eliminating 100 unfilled slots. The news delivered a devastating blow to families across the United States and Canada. It’s bad enough for these workers, but now the radical activists at the Sierra Club hope to shut down Line 5, a pipeline that has created thousands of well-paying jobs and brings as much as 540,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the United States.
Soon after Enbridge announced the cuts, the Michigan Sierra Club sent out a tweet: “@Enbridge is laying off workers. A good reason to give thanks. Hopefully this leads to them shutting down #Line5.”
It is outrageous and insensitive that anyone would think the loss of 500 jobs is good news, but this is what we’ve come to expect of the Sierra Club and the other environmental groups that have stalled, obstructed and tried to kill much-needed energy projects. As they win battle after battle, workers are losing more and more jobs. One of their targets was Keystone XL, the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline to transport crude oil from western Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.