President Donald Trump made a move Tuesday to resurrect two major pipelines that stalled during the Obama administration, including the Keystone XL project the Obama White House tried to kill with delays aimed at pandering to environmental groups.
According to The New York Times, Trump signed an executive memorandum inviting the Canadian company TransCanada “to promptly resubmit its application to the Department of State for a presidential permit” to build the pipeline. It would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast of the United States for refining and sale on the world market.
In a separate move, according to The Times, Trump signed another order aimed at getting the Dakota Access Pipeline going again after it was blocked by the Army Corps of Engineers in December.
The pipeline has been a major contention point for liberals and Native Americans due to supposed environmental concerns, but now President Trump’s executive order aimed to revive the pipeline and create more jobs for Americans.
The Keystone XL pipeline proposal was rejected by the Obama administration after years of delays over concerns about global warming. It became a “symbol” to the environmental movement, as The Times put it, and Trump’s move to revive it is a major step away from the energy obstructionism of the past eight years.
This adds to the major moves Trump has already started making to put an end to Obama-era politics, including abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
“From now we are going to start making pipelines in the United States,” Trump said from the Oval Office, according to Bloomberg.
He also said the pipeline construction would bring in “a lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “Great construction jobs.”
This is a man of his word. From day one, Donald Trump has made tremendous moves that prove his presidency is going to be one of action.
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