On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued executive orders that directly affect the construction and establishment of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
Initially, construction on the two projects ceased after Obama administration caved into pressure from environmental groups. Former President Obama halted the project due to the fact the Keystone XL pipeline crossed into Canadian territory, and the Dakota Access pipeline threatening the sanctity of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe grounds.
However, President Trump is defying the pressures from eco-groups, stating he sees the economic potential for those working in the construction industry.
Trump signed a special executive order, mandating that the pipes will be constructed in the United States. “We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes… like we used to, in the old days.”
The signed orders directly influences the environmental permitting processes needed to start construction and enables the Commerce Department to spend money on U.S. steel needed for the projects.
Republicans have been rejoicing over Trump’s executive decision, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. “It’s about time,” Ryan said.
“Today’s executive orders affirm President Trump’s respect for the rule of law and his support for responsible infrastructure development, energy production and job creation,” said North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer.
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