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A welding foreman based out of the United States gave insight into the severe impact that the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline has already had on himself and tens of thousands of workers.
"COVID hurt us bad last year, we had a lot of projects cancelled. We have guys who haven't worked in months, and in some cases years. To have a project of this magnitude cancelled, its gonna hurt a lot of people, a lot of families, a lot of communities," said Neal Crabtree, who has worked as a welder since 1997.
"It's been a hot political fight, but we got started on it this year... As soon as the new administration came in on day one, they decided they wanted to put 11 thousand people out of work," Crabtree told Fox News.
The cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline is estimated to eliminate 11,000 US jobs, including 8,000 union jobs, and 60,000 Canadian jobs.
"I build pipelines, I'm use to layoffs. We start projects knowing that once it's complete, we're getting laid off. We depend on these temporary projects tho to make a career. What happened today was different. I got laid off for political reasons and stupidity and the future doesn't look so bright. I've got a sickening feeling in my stomach tonight and an aching feeling in my heart that I've never felt," said Crabtree in a social media post published after Biden's decision to axe the project.
"I'm in the process of building a house, trying to live the American dream, and the bank might own it before I get a chance to live in it," Crabtree continued.
President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office officially cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline, fulfilling a campaign promise. The decision drew ire from conservatives, especially in Canada where the pipeline was supposed to be a major job opportunity for Albertans.
Trudeau 'disappointed,' looking at greener pastures
In a statement released Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said that he was "disappointed" in Biden's decision to axe the project, but went on to say that he looked forward to combat climate change and reduce pollution with the new US president.
Prime Minister Trudeau then said on Friday that he and all Canadians shared values with Biden, including in the "fight against climate change as a way of growing the economy." This coming after the revoking of the Keystone XL Pipeline project by President Biden, costing Canada a potential 60,000 jobs.