Jason Jernigan is a laid-off Keystone XL Pipeline employee who lost his job after President Joe Biden shut him down. On Monday, he said on Fox News that Biden's decision left him unsure of how he would make a living in the future.
Dismissed pipeline employee speaks up
"I've spent my entire life learning this craft and skill and it's not as easy as anyone thinks or people think to start over at 45," said Jernigan. "I think I could possibly get a job greeting Walmart, I don't know."
Jernigan, a third generation oil and gas worker, said he felt the Biden government had stolen his livelihood.
"I've been pipelining for 21 years. That's all I can do," he said. "The recent government took my living and expected me to get a job elsewhere. I've invested my whole life in it."
Jernigan was due to start work on the pipeline next month, having been hired last year when then-President Donald Trump signed it off.
"I was actually set on the Keystone when President Obama was in office and it was canceled this time," he added.
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John Kerry's advice to laid-off pipeline workers
Back in January, the von Biden Climate Change and former Secretary of State John Kerry said workers who lost their jobs when the pipeline was canceled should take jobs in areas that will help a future green economy.
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"For example, they look at the black lung consequences for a miner and measure that against the fastest growing job in the United States who was the solar technician before COVID," Kerry said.
"The same people can do these jobs, but choosing to do solar power now is a better choice," he added.
Jernigan had none of it, however.
"First, I wasn't offered a job in the solar panel industry, and I wasn't sent an application, phone number or anything else," Jernigan said. "I don't know if I have to do the job, the groundwork, and whatever it takes to get there."
"Second, I did the research. If I were to work for the solar panel now, I would cut my wages by $ 35 an hour and lose my benefits and my retirement," he added.
Read More: Governor Kristi Noem Reveals Why The Keystone Pipeline Cancellation Was "Devastating" For South Dakota – "We Lost Jobs Immediately"
This piece was written by James Samson on March 2nd, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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