Trump signs order to speed up pipeline approvals

Trump signs executive order

Trump signs executive order

It is unclear whether it will amount to anything at all, but President Trump just signed executive orders intended to speed up the approval and completion of both the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines.

“A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs,” Trump said as he wielded his pen to sign the Keystone order, adding that the pipelines would be built with American labor and steel.

Both pipelines will be “subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us,” Trump said.

The Dakota Access pipeline has been protested by Sioux Indians who claim the part of the pipeline under a lake that provides water for the tribe would jeopardize the water.

President Obama’s administration had blocked construction of the Keystone pipeline, saying it would add to global warming.

Trump also signed an executive order to expedite environmental reviews of other infrastructure projects, saying the current process is “incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process. … The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled up mess.”

Environmentalist groups immediately criticized the orders.

Trump said, “From now on we’re going to be making pipeline in the United States. We build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe. We’re going to put a lot of workers, a lot of skilled workers, back to work. We will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes, like we used to in the old days.”

Things are going to be different in Washington. Whether the bureaucracy actually speeds up remains to be seen.


19 comments on “Trump signs order to speed up pipeline approvals

  1. deleted says:

    I’m reminded of the “Twillight Zone” episode where little Charlie “wishes things into the cornfield” that he doesn’t like.

    And all around him, people are too frightened of what he will do to them to object, so things just keep disappearing into the cornfield as if they never existed. Like the truth.

    “According to reports from ProPublica and The Huffington Post, the White House told the agency to immediately suspend its contract and grant programs on Monday and restricted all outgoing communication until further notice, measures a veteran staffer characterized as extraordinary.”

  2. deleted says:

    Oh and, never trust anyone that is out to make a Buck off you, cause they will lie, cheat, and steal, in order to do it.

    I wonder if all those reporters and columnists that reported on the fictitious reasons why Aetna was pulling out of the Exchanges, (so they could lie one more time about the ACA, will now post columns about what a bunch of lying thieves exist in that company?

  3. Rincon says:

    I have to fault both the Liberals and Conservatives here. Although I’m not big on the Keystone Pipeline, the fact is that one way or another, we will continue to strip the Earth of oil as quickly as possible and the only way to slow it is to reduce demand. Obstructing the Pipeline is simply playing Wack-a Mole. I heard no offer of compromise from either Obama or Congress, like maybe granting a reasonable amount of extra research money for renewable energy and energy efficiency to be paid for by proceeds from the Pipeline. Nope, as usual, it’s winner take all. Congratulations to the temporary winners. They will be replaced by equally temporary winners.

  4. Well after eight years of President Obama…it feels pretty damned good to be a temporary winner.

  5. Steve says:

    In this job, Trump’s hyperbole will work only for a short while.
    Too public a position for that game to last, everyone will soon figure out his play and begin sidestepping him.
    I think the markets have already begun this process. Taxing imports is probably going to be an empty threat, but Trump has a megaphone and his voice will be heard. I bet most corps are looking for what tax policies come out of Congress and are planning to repatriate funds and more if favorable policies arise.

  6. deleted says:

    I sure look forward to many climes here criticizing Don’s failure to be transparent; God know we heard plenty about it the last 8 years and I’m sure the principle didn’t change somehow.

    “6:20 p.m.

    Three climate-related tweets sent out by Badlands National Park have been deleted after they went viral on Twitter, sparking debate over whether the park was defying the Trump administration.

    The South Dakota park posted tweets Tuesday that accurately quoted climate science data, including the current record-setting high concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. President Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax.

    The tweets were shared thousands of times, and the Democratic National Committee circulated the message by email with the subject line “Resist.”

  7. Rincon says:

    Look for Trump to muzzle NASA next. They just aren’t sticking to his alternative facts. Those scientists, you just can’t trust them. A conspiracy for sure.

  8. Steve says:

    “Almost a year later, as he campaigned along Florida’s “Space Coast” near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Trump offered more specifics about his space-policy plans, vowing to revitalize the agency through cost-saving partnerships with the burgeoning commercial space industry. According to an accompanying op-ed from the campaign, NASA under Trump would transform from “a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity” into a spaceflight powerhouse with the lofty goal of conducting “human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century.””

    Scientific American 11/30/16

    Use the Google machine Rincon.

  9. Rincon says:

    Try not to be too hard on Steve, deleted. He just hasn’t figured out that what comes out of Trump’s mouth has a 50% chance of being true. The Toronto Star found that Trump had made 560 false claims in 28 days, but maybe they’re actually all true in the Conservative universe of alternative facts.

  10. Steve says:

    You forget so soon, I am not a Trump supporter….also, I am not a whiny baby.
    You guys are crying because he is doing what he said he would do, laugh.

    Use the Google Machine and read Scientific American.

  11. deleted says:

    Don has a way of handling those who would dare report the facts doesn’t he?

    I fear for our republic.

  12. Steve says:

    It’s an insurrection, a damned insurrection I say!
    Charge em all with treason and bannish’m to Siberia! OH, that’s Kapersky….sorry.
    It’s still a stinking insurrection!

  13. Rincon says:

    “You guys are crying because he is doing what he said he would do, laugh.” Of course Trump does what he says. He says it both ways!

  14. Steve says:

    “He says it both ways!” you just described the very essence of being a politician…..

  15. Rincon says:

    Trump takes it to an entirely new level. I suspect averaging 20 lies per day for a month is a world record. The amazing thing is that you guys were so aghast that Hillary misrepresented an organized attack as a mob action that you wanted her hung from the highest yardarm for it. Now, you actively make excuses for one of the most prolific liars in recent memory – a blatant double standard

  16. Steve says:

    Nope, you misinterpret what many of us are feeling about him.

    He’s a gaslighter for sure but maybe, just maybe he is our gaslighter intentionally working to make this country better for himself and (coincidentally) for its citizens.

  17. Rincon says:

    There are parallels between Trump and Teddy Roosevelt. Although I have no trust or faith in him, I do have hope.

  18. deleted says:

    I still remember when this happened and the former publisher of the RJ chided the “tree huggers” for cleaning that it was a disaster.

    What an ass he was.

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