President Biden on Pace to Approve More Drilling Permits Than Previous Two Administrations, Creating Good-Paying UA Jobs in the Process

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Following the news today that President Biden is on pace to approve more annual drilling permits than any president since George W. Bush, the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) hailed the progress as a critical step towards our energy independence and Building Back Better with union jobs leading the way:

“President Biden is committed to an all-of-the-above energy approach that takes each permit decision on a case-by-case basis. With this progress on permit approvals, the Biden-Harris Administration is standing with the men and women of the United Association – the best trained and most highly-skilled craftspeople in the industry – over extreme activists,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “We stand ready as always to work with this administration to deliver safe, affordable, and reliable energy to the American people as we work to Build Back Better.”

“The Biden-Harris Administration knows that we cannot reach our shared climate and energy goals without an all-of-the-above approach, and that includes oil and natural gas,” said Dave Barnett, Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution for the United Association. “Our members are proud of our work delivering safe and reliable energy to consumers, and we look forward to continuing that work under President Biden’s leadership. In just six months, President Biden is already showing the path to Building Back Better is led by union members like ours.”

“Our energy independence relies on the hardworking men and women of the United Association – and on the leadership from President Biden on this all-of-the-above energy approach,” said Wendell Hibdon, Director of Energy and Infrastructure for the United Association. “It’s no surprise that his administration has approved so many projects already given its commitment to creating good-paying union jobs on the path to reaching our shared climate and energy goals.”