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Donald Trump: I've approved Keystone XL pipeline
April 28 2017, 02:00 | Irvin Gilbert
Evan Vucci AP
Trump, as well as the fossil fuel industry, have argued that the pipeline is essential to securing the nation's energy independence as it will reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. Just because past republicans have failed to increase taxes, does not mean president Trump can not break that mold and act outside of political stereotypes.
Trump's State Department said the project advances USA national interests, in a complete reversal of the conclusion President Barack Obama's administration reached less than a year-and-a-half ago.
Gerard argued that this project "has been studied longer than any pipeline project in U.S. history with exhaustive reviews by the State Department concluding that the project is safe for the environment and the best option for transporting domestic crude and Canadian oil to USA refineries" and strongly urged the individual states involved to approve the pipeline.
"On Tuesday night, Trump told an audience at a fundraiser that he had ordered one of his top economic advisers, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, to threaten that he would "terminate" a pipeline project if the developer didn't drop what Trump described as a "$14 billion" lawsuit against the United States.
The State Department is certifying that the project serves US national interests.
Environmentalists such as Sara Shor have promised to "raise hell" and recruit millions of people to fight the multi-billion dollar project.
On January 24, the president authorized a presidential memorandum that called on TransCanada to reapply for a construction permit. "I'm glad President Trump took quick action to approve this critical infrastructure project". In Nebraska, Jane Kleeb, head of the Nebraska Democratic Party, founded Bold Nebraska to push back against both the pipeline's environmental impact and its use of eminent domain.
President Donald Trump is calling his administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline a new era for American energy policy.
For Canadian oil producers, today's decision by the US President to overturn his predecessor's veto and allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is welcomed news.
However, it may not be smooth sailing for the project as TransCanada still does not have deals with all the landowners in Nebraska on the proposed route.
But the project continues to face stiff opposition from environmental groups.
He further stated that it "would not make a meaningful contribution to our economy" and "would not increase America's energy security" as he rebutted popular pipeline arguments.
"Given all the foolish, antiquated policy and rhetoric we've already seen from this administration on energy and climate, we're angered but not surprised by the decision to pursue Keystone XL".
Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump officially announced the approval shortly after the State Department issued TransCanada's permit, making good on one of his campaign promises.
The project still has several hurdles to clear before the company can actually move ahead with construction. Krauss reports that environmental activists are already collaborating with local groups to block the pipeline's construction.
TransCanada filed a lawsuit against the USA government, arguing the decision ran afoul of the North American Free Trade Agreement.