Joe Biden’s first executive orders halting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and shutting down all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands erased about 11,000 union jobs with the stroke of a pen.
Biden’s out-of-touch, multi-millionaire, private jet-flying “climate czar” John Kerry poured salt in the wounds of those newly unemployed workers with a tone-deaf claim about how Trump’s really to blame for it.
At a White House press conference in January, Kerry claimed that industrial and energy sector professionals are simply victims of a “false narrative” based on Trump-era economic policy.
“They have been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense,” Kerry said. “No, it’s not. What is happening to them is happening because of other market forces are already taking place.”
Kerry matched that lameness with the claim that that career oil pipeline workers could simply pirouette into solar panel jobs.
“You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States, [which] before COVID was the solar power technician,” Kerry said. “The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice.”
Now his boss, Biden, is smacking American workers in the back of the head again, as Breitbart News reports:
President Joe Biden has restarted a number of visa programs, allowing United States companies to more readily outsource jobs, even as about 17 million Americans remain jobless.
In June 2020, Trump signed an executive order halting H-1B visas, H-4 visas, H-2B visas, L visas, and J-1 visas while tens of millions of Americans were jobless or underemployed due to economic lockdowns as a result of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
At the end of 2020, Trump renewed the order to continue prioritizing Americans for U.S. jobs, though corporate interests continuously sued and lobbied for an end to the order.
Trump, you see, regularly proved throughout his tenure that “America first” meant exactly what it implied: That Americans would always be prioritized in terms of public policy.
But Biden…not so much. He has allowed Trump’s order to expire, announcing via the State Department:
Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. [Emphasis added]
Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.
“Biden’s allowing the order to expire will mean that companies can more readily outsource U.S. jobs as they were before the coronavirus crisis hit the nation in early 2020,” Breitbart News explained. “The move comes as about 17 million Americans remain jobless and another 6.1 million are underemployed, but all want full-time jobs with competitive wages and good benefits.”
And while more than 900,000 Americans found jobs last month, lowering the unemployment rate to 6.0, that’s still nearly double what Trump’s best unemployment rate was — 3.4 percent.