Constantinos Scaros complained that President Biden had exacerbated the highly lucrative pipeline, Keystone Pipeline XL project. He stated that houses need to be heated and autos have to be fueled – like without it, a disaster was approaching. There are already 185 oil pipelines and 34 more under development. There was no good side to the project. Had it been completed it would have emitted a ton of greenhouse gases. More importantly, it would have endangered wildlife, much of it already facing extinction. Also, we should be trying to move away from fossil fuels to cleaner and healthier renewable energy sources not saddling taxpayers with further ties to dependent, outdated, and expensive fuels. Scaros forgot to mention that the pipeline’s permit was issued by our tax evading, draft dodging, billionaire, Donald Trump.
An even more important fact is that the pipeline was invading, unlawfully, the Sioux Indian American tribal land – they have been fighting to protect their properties and their water for centuries. The pipeline benefited only the trans-national corporation. The Native American Rights Fund sued the Trump administration for numerous violations of their existing laws. But to Trump, money is the Trump card. And he is a hypocrite. Never is it mentioned that Trump refused to adhere to the safety measures issued by scientists and the doctors when the pandemic began. And, he is the main reason why so many died. Yet, when he was affected, Trump ran to Walter Reed, the best hospital for treatment.
To date, President Biden, thankfully, has recognized National Indigenous Day (same day as Columbus Day). He criticized Kellogg’s for threatening workers with dismissal when they had the right to organize under the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. He ordered the removal of all lead pipes in homes and apartments. He ordered COVID test kits FREE. Recently, he put before Congress an act to make repairs to all our roads and bridges and other outdated structures. (Have you noticed the bridge in Pennsylvania, Dino?) All this and so much more in his first year of his presidency. What had Trump done but cage and separate South American and Mexican children from their parents, install his own children as White House advisors, and cause heightened hatred and the events of January 6th that divided the country?
Mr. Scaros criticizes our president for speaking without a mask. Well, I have to add that he also doesn’t wear one when he eats. Mr. Scaros has given the Biden administration a C minus; but, I give my friend and colleague a D for his opinion.
Phyllis ‘Kiki’ Sembos