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Trump's Embracing Unions Will Cause Economic And Oil Strife

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:51 PM EDT

At issue with the building trades unions was the Democrats opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline! The building unions opposed billionaire Tom Steyer's efforts to turn out the vote for Hillary Clinton because he opposed the pipeline.

The Times pointed out that the AFL-CIO apparently took the building trades' position seriously. Trump cashed in as the rift within the Democratic Party between environmentalists and organized labor caused diminished turnout:

“In terms of his message, it is really resonating. Particularly if you are talking [about] union people, he is speaking our language,” Josh Goldstein, deputy national media director for the AFL-CIO told the Huffington Post. “We can’t let that go unattended, because people have been doing that with Trump for a long time, and his numbers have only gone up. … It is our job to go out and educate people now, so it doesn’t cross that threshold and become a threat.”

But major strife is brewing because of this position by the building trades union. Support for the Keystone XL pipeline is strong now in national polls, but the plight of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe versus the Dakota Access pipeline may negatively impact all future pipelines through the heartland. There are vets, ex military men willing to risk their lives in order to stand with and protect the protesters, knowing a minor spill could contaminate the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. 

The same building unions that helped to fracture the Democratic Party, thereby helping to elect Trump, in opposition to the AFL-CIO, also support the Dakota Access pipeline. I think that could turn out to be a huge political mistake if America sides with the native Americans. But right now they have the ear of the new president.

It makes more sense, politically and economically, for Trump to allow the XL pipeline and diffuse the Dakota Access pipeline situation. However, in December of 2016, he is reported to have given his support for the first time to the Dakota Access pipeline. And he has signed an executive order to go ahead with both pipelines. Reuters reports that:

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Joe Black 3 years ago Member's comment

I'm greatly concerned that #Trump is in the white house. I'm willing to give the man a chance, but for now, I'm worried.

Gary Anderson 3 years ago Author's comment

He is attacking native Americans. I don't see that going down well. As far as making products here, unions will be crucial to wage increases, as products will likely cost more. So, yes, unsettling changes are in store. Some people will be helped and some will be crushed.