President Donald Trump has wasted little time in taking command since his inauguration this past week, as one of the first items on his agenda was forging ahead on ensuring that America takes a back seat to no one when it comes to energy production. According to NPR:
As he signed the paperwork in an Oval Office photo op, Trump said his administration is “going to renegotiate some of the terms” of the Keystone project, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada and connect to an existing pipeline to the Gulf Coast.
Trump said the Keystone XL pipeline will mean “a lot of jobs, 28,000 construction jobs, great construction jobs.”
And decisive, forward motion coming after the Obama Administration’s years of inaction have brought brought President Trump kudos from members of the affected delegations, where the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines had been stymied, allowing promised jobs to be unfulfilled, and forcing equipment to be mothballed:
“The United States must look at every opportunity to increase energy independence, if we’re going to expand economic freedom and create a more secure nation. President Trump’s actions showcase his commitment to energy independence and I look forward to working with him as we move our country closer to a made-in-America energy supply.”
“President Trump understands that pipelines provide an effective and efficient means of transporting natural resources and meeting our country’s energy needs,” said Rounds. “Good domestic energy policies include an ‘all of the above’ approach that will strengthen our economy, create jobs and enhance U.S. energy independence. As the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines move forward, I will continue to work with those involved to address their concerns.”
It’s good to see a chief executive in the White House once again!