On Jan. 24, Donald Trump signed an executive order pushing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward into action, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to block both projects over environmental and economic concerns.
President Trump dismissed Obama’s policy and sealed a campaign promise with this executive order, which allows for both projects to be expedited through a process of submission and review. Trump hopes the projects will create jobs in the steel industry.
The threat of leaks contaminating the water supply united several environmental and Native American groups in lengthy protests last fall – these groups continue to speak out against the Trump administration and the decision to move the pipelines forward. They fear that the environment will be disregarded in favor of corporate advancement.
This move by the Trump team signals their upcoming stance on environmental and economic policy. The president has already vowed to renegotiate permit reviews to cut environmental regulations and require all construction materials to be American. Climate change will not be a concern for the new White House.