One of President Trump’s pet projects is to get the flow of American oil moving again and thereby bringing the country one step closer to energy independence. At the same time, he would be strengthening the economy with more jobs.
Former President Obama stopped a major pipeline from being constructed back in 2015 that extended from Canada to the US Gulf Coast and would have expedited the process of moving oil through the 1200 mile journey to the refineries in Houston, TX.
But under the Trump administration, the Keystone XL pipeline will again be in the works since approval is supposed to be made as early as Monday for construction to resume. This is a huge win for America!
The move by the State Department comes 16 months after Obama blocked construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would ship crude from Canada’s western oil-sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline became the subject of major lobbying efforts by both oil industry supporters and environmental groups, which turned the project into the focus of their climate change campaigns.
Undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon plans to sign the pipeline’s cross-border permit on or before Monday, the last day for the 60-day timeline that President Donald Trump ordered in January. Secretary of State and former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson recused himself from the process.
Trump signed an executive order in January inviting TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, to re-apply for a permit to cross the US-Canadian border after Obama had denied it in 2015.
Via Hot Air:
The Obama administration blocked the pipeline in 2015 by denying it the right to cross the border with Canada. However, even once that crossing is approved the pipeline will still need to work out a route through Nebraska where the state’s Public Service Commission is expected to issue a decision in September.
TransCanada, the company that developed the pipeline, re-applied for a permit in January, shortly after President Trump signed an executive order inviting the company to do so.
Environmental groups that opposed the construction of the pipeline in the past have vowed to continue their opposition:
Greenpeace gave a statement on the pending approval to Reuters, “We will resist these projects with our allies across the country and across borders, and we will continue to build the future the world wants to see.”
Greenpeace, 350.org, the Sierra Club and many other environmental groups support a movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground as a way to prevent putting additional carbon into the atmosphere. These groups oppose the use of coal, oil and natural gas and the technology used to extract them. President Obama specifically referenced this keep-it-in-the-ground movement when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015. “Ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky,” Obama said.
And the rest of us will continue to oppose the “Green Police” everywhere we can! The Keystone XL pipeline is a great move for keeping America energy independent!
Source: Hot Air