Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

Protesters outside the State Department office in Boston in October, 2013. (Credit: Kayana Szymczak/flickr) Click to Enlarge.
President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, breathing new life into projects that were halted by the Obama administration and vehemently opposed by environmental and Native American groups.

Trump said that the U.S. would renegotiate both pipelines, which were stopped by the Obama administration because of their effects on the environment and climate.  In taking the action, Trump fulfilled a pledge he made to voters on the campaign trail.
The Obama administration declined to permit Keystone XL in 2015 because it would not substantially contribute to the U.S. economy and did not align with U.S. climate policy, which at the time called for cutting U.S. carbon emissions to keep global warming below levels scientists consider dangers — 2°C (3.6°F).
The Canadian oil sands are among the continent’s worst climate polluters, dumping at least 17 percent more carbon emissions into the atmosphere than conventional oil.

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