Elections have consequences
President Trump has signed executive orders moving the approval process for the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines forward.
This does not ensure approval and construction, but it restarts the processes stopped under the Obama administration under heavy pressure from environmental and left-wing activist groups.
Stopping these pipelines was the most cherished of liberal causes, intertwined with climate change and identity politics causes. The Dakota pipeline protests became the white liberal “Burning Man,” with virtue signaling reaching new heights. Anti-Israel protesters also tried to hijack the protests.
Trump signed executive orders that will make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Keystone XL would bring oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska, where it would connect to an existing pipeline to bring the crude to Illinois. Former President Barack Obama refused to approve the cross-border project, saying the environmental review was not adequate in light of its route through the Sandhills ecosystem in Nebraska….
Obama also backed a delay to completion of the Dakota Access pipeline, which would bring oil from North Dakota to Illinois….
In December, the Army Corp of Engineers said it would deny Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners the easement it needs to complete the final stretch of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Jo-Ellen Darcy, United States assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, said the best path forward was to explore alternative routes for the pipeline, something Energy Transfer Partners says it will not do.
Tribe members and protesters have been camped out for months in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Liberal heads already are exploding.
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) January 24, 2017
BREAKING: Trump is about to restart the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
— 350 dot org (@350) January 24, 2017
— Ruth H. Hopkins (@Ruth_HHopkins) January 24, 2017
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 24, 2017
— cherrywaves (@heather28df) January 24, 2017
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) January 24, 2017
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