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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:56 pm    Post subject: Trump signs orders approving Keystone Xl pipeline Reply with quote

( I never really understood Obama's opposition to this project , it seemed like a win for the US , many new jobs during construction and a cheaper and more reliable source of oil from Alberta over foreign options but he was against it for environmental reasons ? at least that's what he claimed , it never really made much sense as there is already a lot of pipelines in the US )

Trump signs orders reviving pipeline projects

Published January 24, 2017
· FoxNews.com

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.

The president said the projects would be subject to a “renegotiation of the terms.” But he made clear the government was resuming consideration for both pipelines, describing them as a potential boon to construction workers.

“We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes.”

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump specifically invited builder TransCanada to resubmit its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline and directed agencies to approve it without delay -- and told agencies to expedite reviews and approvals for the remaining parts of the Dakota project.

“There’s an energy revolution that’s going to happen in this country,” he said.

The president also signed three other orders related to pipeline construction, including one expediting the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects and one directing the Commerce Department to maximize the use of U.S. steel.

Looking ahead, Trump also announced he planned to nominate a justice for the Supreme Court next week, moving swiftly to try to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The president was summoning top senators to the White House later Tuesday to discuss his upcoming nomination.

The moves on the pipelines had been widely expected, as Trump last year blasted his predecessor for effectively blocking the projects.

Republican allies hailed Tuesday’s orders, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying in a statement, “It’s about time.”

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer said: “Today’s executive orders affirm President Trump’s respect for the rule of law and his support for responsible infrastructure development, energy production and job creation.”

Former President Obama stopped the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centerpiece of his environmental legacy. The pipeline would run from Canada to Nebraska where it would connect to existing lines running to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. The U.S. government needs to approve the pipeline because it would cross the nation's northern border.

The company behind the Keystone XL project, TransCanada, has not yet reapplied for a pipeline permit, after having withdrawn its request under the Obama administration.

Separately, late last year, the Army Corps of Engineers declined to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe, saying alternative routes needed to be considered. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters say the project threatens drinking water and Native American sites, though Energy Transfer Partners, the company that wants to build the pipeline, disputes that and says the pipeline will be safe.

The pipeline is to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The project had been the subject of fierce protests until the Army Corps of Engineers stepped in.

The moves are likely to spark a new fight with environmentalists. Even before Trump’s orders were official, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune put out a statement blasting what he called the “dangerous” decision.

“The Keystone pipeline was rejected because it was not in the country’s interest, and the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline was ordered because of the threats it poses to the Standing Rock Sioux. Nothing has changed. These pipelines were a bad idea then and they’re a bad idea now,” he said.

The moves come as Trump makes the economy and jobs the centerpiece of his administration’s first week in office.

He met Tuesday morning with representatives from the auto industry including GM and Ford, after meeting a day earlier, separately, with business and union leaders.

The pipelines were among the few issues that put the Obama administration at odds with labor unions, some of whom have voiced hope the Trump administration can work with them to promote job creation. Trump said Tuesday during his meeting with auto industry bosses that he considers himself an environmentalist, but called current regulations "out of control."

The pipeline orders follow earlier executive actions covering everything from trade to ObamaCare.

Trump on Monday signed measures withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and instituting a hiring freeze for most of the federal government. He also ordered federal agencies on his first day in office to ease the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberal cabinet is surprisingly supportive of the keystone project being revived by trump although they were somewhat quiet when Obama tried to kill it , but I guess things have changed )

Liberal cabinet welcomes Trump decision on Keystone pipeline

Federal ministers have voiced support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which former president Barack Obama killed in 2015.

'A good day for Canada' as Trump signs Keystone XL order: Carr

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says thousands of Canadian jobs will be created if the Keystone XL pipeline goes through. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday advancing the project. (The Canadian Press )

By The Canadian Press

Tues., Jan. 24, 2017

CALGARY—TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline now has the backing of both the Canadian and U.S. governments.

Speaking at a Calgary cabinet retreat this morning, federal ministers once again voiced their support for the pipeline shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order advancing the project.

Read more:Trump signs executive order reviving controversial Keystone XL pipeline

“We have been supportive of this since the day we were sworn into government,” said Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. “We believe it’s a good project for both Canada and the United States.”

Trump signs executive order on Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines

President Donald Trump continued his efforts in moving on executive actions during his first days in office on Tuesday. (The Associated Press )

The pipeline has drawn criticism for both the potential for leaks to contaminate the environment and for the boost in greenhouse gases it will help produce.

Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, speaks to reporters at the Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary on Tuesday. Federal ministers are voicing their support once again for the Keystone XL pipeline after Donald Trump signed an executive order advancing the project.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the project goes along with the government’s twin pillars of jobs and the environment.

“Our position from the start has been that the environment and the economy go together,” she said. “We really believe that it is not just possible but essential to have strong policies on climate change — the strongest policies a government of Canada has ever had on putting a price on pollution — and at the same time to fulfil our duty as a government of getting our natural resources to market.”

Former president Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015, saying it would hurt American efforts to reach a global climate change deal.

News of the approval came as cabinet ministers held a two-day retreat, with Canada-U.S. relations dominating discussions.

Cabinet members will also attend a panel discussion today with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin and representatives from local community organizations, followed by a town hall later at the University of Calgary.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump nails it on Keystone

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First posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 05:47 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 06:22 PM EST

Donald Trump made it seem so simple on Tuesday when he signed an executive order giving conditional approval to Keystone XL. For him it was clearly a no brainer.

But what took so long? Why did Barack Obama drag his feet on it for years, only to back away at the end?

In late 2015, Obama finally rejected the project after dithering about it since the application was first made in 2008. He turned it down even though it wasn’t going to significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, which he cited as his key criteria.

He turned it down even though it meant jobs for America, even if the exact tally was up for debate.

Why did he do this? Politics.

Obama has previously bragged that enough miles of pipelines were built under his watch, on American soil, to encircle the earth. Yet Keystone XL became the flash point issue for environmental activists. The activists singled it out above all projects.

Obama was pandering to his base. And to the most extreme members of it, to boot. Because Obama put politics before sound policy, TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, had no choice but to stand down. Now they’re poised to resubmit the project, should the fundamentals still work.

Trump has no patience for coddling the eco crowd. This is refreshing. They don’t have the facts on their side. We know pipelines are the safest option for transporting oil. Far safer than rail.

They don’t care though. They just want to shut everything down, which is a nihilistic attitude for an economy driven by genuine energy needs.

Thankfully, this is an issue the Liberals and Trump are on the same page on. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has long been on record in support of this project. That may come as a surprise to the activists who expect he’ll be “phasing out” the oil sands, as he foolishly said at a town hall event in Ontario the other week and has since walked back. But it’s true.

Natural resources minister Jim Carr reiterated this support after Trump signed the executive order.

Despite the media and left-wing hysteria over Trump’s election as U.S. President, his impact on Canada has and should continue to be a positive one.

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