Mr. Trump is on a roll as our new president, and there seems little chance of his slowing down. It’s almost as though he has a checklist of his campaign promises and is seeing how quickly he can fulfill each one so he can move on to the next. This must be giving much of official Washington fits, as it has seemed far more common for political leaders to work on explaining why they are not going to fulfill their promises than actually to work on completing them.
One policy of Mr. Trump’s that has been the subject of attacks from the left has been his position on climate change. Specifically, those such as Senator Bernie Sanders have been highly critical of Mr. Trump, accusing him of putting national energy interests above the environment. Never mind that the science behind the theory of human-induced global climate change is not proven at all, but subject to debate. These radical leftists would prefer to hurt the economy and cost thousands of jobs than to revisit their beliefs on the dangers inherent in a pipeline.
Construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines was halted by Mr. Obama as alleged threats to the environment. As such, he bowed before the radical environmentalist movement in a decision that angered Canada and cost the US thousands of jobs. This came as no surprise, as it has been difficult, if not impossible during the Obama administration to find any policy supported by the hard left that he was not willing to support. However, with the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, things are changing very quickly as his recent actions on these pipelines show.
Candidate Trump said he would build the Keystone XL pipeline. President Trump just signed orders to resume the project that Mr. Obama attempted to kill. Not only that, Trump is moving forward with the Dakota Access pipeline as well. We learn from news reports that, “President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday, green lighting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access oil pipelines.” Result? Thousands of Americans get jobs, and the US gets another source of oil that does not require patronizing the thugs in the Middle-East.
Representing the radical environmental movement, Mr. Sanders is predictably outraged, saying, “Millions of people came together all over this country to stop the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and say we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Today, President Trump ignored the voices of millions and put the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the future of our planet.”
Mr. Sanders vowed to fight the pipelines, although it is not at all clear how he plans to do to that.
These are pipelines we are talking about. Thousands of miles of such pipelines cross our country presenting no danger whatsoever, but rather offering a relatively cheap way to move oil. While the risks of damage to the environment from leaks remains small, the economic benefits to Americans are enormous. Not only is this a cheap and safe way of moving crude oil to where consumers demand it, but people benefit by the creation of jobs as it has been reported that, “The Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline were both expected to create thousands of jobs for construction of the pipeline parts and oil refinery jobs.”
The benefits of such projects so outweigh the risks, that it almost seems silly to have to debate the issue. On the other hand, never underestimate the desire by liberal politicians to bow before such an important constituency as the radical environmental movement. Fortunately, the damage done to our economy by these organizations and the political leaders that have supported them has just been reversed by Donald Trump.
Mark off one more campaign promise fulfilled.
Source: Independent Journal Review