President Trump is already busy signing executive orders, and his last one allowed the construction of Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access oil pipelines.
Former president Barack Obama stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline. It was supposed to go from Texas to Canada. Obama claimed that it would make America look bad in people’s eyes, since it has fought against climate changes:
America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change, and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that leadership.”
“The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combating climate change,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.
But, Canada didn’t like this decision at the time. Canadians would benefit from this pipeline, too. Their Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pretty disappointed with Obama’s decision to stop the pipeline. However, Trudeau believes that our friendship with Canada is based on more than the Keystone XL Pipeline.
President Trump was running for his presidency at that time, and spoke his mind about Obama’s decision to kill the Keystone pipeline:
So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2015
The Tuesday executive order gave green light to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. This pipeline was followed by many controversies. The U.S. Army Core of Engineers announced the rerouting of the pipeline, and this affected the whole process. The controversy rose after it turned out that the pipeline has to go under Lake Oahe. This lake is on the border with the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
This pipeline soon turned into controversies, and protesters broke the peace in North Dakota in order to stop the constructions.
President Trump works on keeping his promises. One of these promises involved the Keystone pipeline:
“I would absolutely approve it, 100 percent.”
Bernie Sanders noted:
“Millions of people came together all over this country to stop the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and say we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Today, President Trump ignored the voices of millions and put the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the future of our planet.
“At a time when the scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity and it is already causing devastating problems, we cannot afford to build new oil pipelines that lock us into burning fossil fuels for years to come. I will do everything I can to stop these pipelines and protect our planet for future generations.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn supported the executive order signed by the President:
“For years the previous Administration inexplicably robbed this country of tens of thousands of new jobs and a chance to become less dependent on unstable sources of energy. An ‘all of the above’ energy strategy includes moving these projects forward, and this decision is long overdue.”
“These projects will boost the economy, strengthen national security, and help Texans, and all Americans, have more access to affordable energy. Today’s news is a breath of fresh air, and proof that President Trump won’t let radical special-interest groups stand in the way of doing what’s best for American workers.”
Both pipelines will provide thousands of jobs in the country, and we need more jobs, right?
What do you think about this decision? Do you support the construction of these pipelines?