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Your Views: Working class should support Keystone pipeline

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May 7, 2014

Why do Democrats jump every time they get marching orders from environmentalists and billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer? Steyer has promised $100 million to Democrats who oppose the $3 billion Keystone XL pipeline, and the campaign funds have already paid off. Obama announced he will delay a decision on the Keystone pipeline until after the November election.

Steyer says he is donating to save the planet. In reality, he's a major investor in solar-energy projects that compete with fossil fuels, and he will profit from Keystone's rejection.

Blue-collar union Democrats desperately need the jobs associated with drilling, mining and building the infrastructure associated with fossil fuels. Many of the big unions support Keystone. The project creates 10,000 jobs paying up to $100,000 a year. Democratic lawmakers are anti-fossil fuel, anti-job. When are blue-collar Democratic workers going to start voting in their own best interests instead of voting the way they have always voted?

West Virginia has flipped from Democratic to Republican because of the Left's war on coal. Voters need to realize that the environmentalists who run and finance the Democratic Party have become too radical and constitute a danger to the livelihoods of middle-class America.

Working-class Americans who care more about paychecks than about Keystone's disproven environmental issues need to vote for Republicans. Republicans support these jobs. The latest Keystone XL pipeline travesty proves Democrats are currying favor from Hollywood elites and billionaire hedge-fund managers at the expense of workers.

MICHAEL J. OBERSHAW

Janesville



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