Today, FOX Business published an opinion piece by Jamie Landis, a newly-retired welder’s helper for Pipeliners Local Union 798 who worked in the industry from 1986 until 2021. Landis, based in Bald Knob, Arkansas, recently retired after 35 years due to President Biden’s detrimental energy policies.
Working in and around the oil and gas pipeline industry was second-nature for Landis, seeing that her husband and son have worked on pipelines all of their lives as well. In a sphere that is predominantly male-driven, Landis paved her way as a leading female in the field as one of the first women to join the Pipeliners Local Union 798.
After more than three decades of building our nation’s energy infrastructure, she is proud of the important progress that our country made in regards to energy independence, affordability, and increasing access to American natural resources. That was until the Biden Administration’s policies began to undermine American energy development, putting Landis and thousands of other pipeliners out of a job.
Landis provides firsthand accounts reflecting on her time in the industry, emphasizing that pipelines are the safest, most efficient method to transport oil and gas and strengthen American energy independence:
“For example, I worked on the Dakota Access Pipeline that stretches 1,172 miles across the Dakotas to Illinois, pumping over 750,000 barrels of oil per day, more than 180,000 barrels compared to earlier this year.
Since we completed the project, DAPL has safely operated for four years. However, fringe activists continue to advocate for its shut down.
Despite the protests and vocal opposition, these groups are in the minority, as evidenced by a recent nationwide poll commissioned by the GAIN Coalition and performed by co/Efficient, which found that 8 out of 10 Americans believe that safely operating pipelines should remain active and in use.”
Landis concludes with this key passage:
“The United States has the necessary resources to be energy secure rather than being dependent on international suppliers. However, in order to change our current alarming trajectory, policymakers should prioritize our nation and its workers like my family, who are determined to continue building the necessary infrastructure to deliver reliable and affordable energy to the American people.”