January 24, 2017
Not anymore he can’t…!
Obama’s entire “legacy” is going to be BTFO by the end of the week.
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 job boon.
“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.”
To that end, the president 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.
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.
That not having the pipeline would somehow stop global warming was an absolutely nonsensical claim, even if you believe everything Obama believed about global warming.
All stopping the pipeline meant is that more resources had to be expended getting oil. Restricting easy access doesn’t reduce need, nor does it reduce usage (the few cents that the average driver would have to pay aren’t going to make them drive less – most people only drive as much as they need to drive anyway). So in actuality, if you believed Obama’s theories about global warming, creating a situation where more resources are expended to get the resource itself would increase global warming.