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Union leader says Obama's latest Keystone delay is 'killing jobs'

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Terry O'Sullivan, president of the Laborer's International Union of North America, slammed President Obama for once again delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying the decision would "kill jobs." The union leader said the White House needs to show "courage" on the issue by resisting the environmental lobby.

"No one seriously believes that the administration's nearly-dark-of-night announcement last week, on Good Friday, that the pipeline would again be delayed was anything but politically motivated," O'Sullivan wrote in a Friday op-ed for the Washington Post.

He notes the delay has been going on for six years now despite one federal study after another showing the project would have no adverse impact on the climate. Nevertheless, "a pipeline that could put thousands of Americans to work and help ensure our nation's energy security remains stalled" by an administration too afraid to cross its backers in green movement.

O'Sullivan has been one of the most outspoken supporters of the Keystone pipeline, often clashing with others in organized labor on the matter.

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