President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise that he would create millions of American jobs and undo the past eight years of regulations that have damaged our economy.
On Friday, Trump took yet another step toward fulfilling that promise by officially approving the Keystone XL pipeline — a complete 180-degree turn from how the Obama administration approached the issue, Fox News reported.
The State Department under Trump concluded that the construction of the pipeline would be in the interests of the United States — a conclusion that wasn’t reached by the State Department under President Barack Obama.
CNN noted that Trump stated that this pipeline would the “first of many” energy projects his administration would approve. The Keystone XL pipeline will create many temporary construction jobs, and about 50 permanent jobs.
But it’s only a first step.
In making the announcement, according to The Washington Post, Trump made his intentions clear: “Government too often failed its citizens and companies over the past long period of time,” he said. “Today we begin to make things right.”
Liberal groups have staunchly opposed the pipeline for years, claiming that it will damage the environment. These groups will undoubtedly try to fight this order in court, so the topic is far from completely resolved.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from this decision, given his previous job as chief executive of Exxon Mobile, BBC News reported. By doing that, he managed to undercut liberal arguments that he was somehow trying to help his old business.
Trump knows that America needs energy, and America needs jobs. This pipeline will help boost America’s economy and provide us with a source of energy so we won’t have to be dependent on the Middle East for oil.
Liberals can cry about greenhouse gases all they want. At the end of the day, the American people will support Trump for doing this because he is following through on his promise to put the interests of America above all else.
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