President Trump does not take climate change seriously. He signed executive orders on Tuesday to revive two controversial pipeline projects in the upper Midwest.
The president wants to expedite the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
His executive order for the Dakota Access pipeline directs the Army Corps of Engineers to “review and approve in an expedited manner, to the extent permitted by law,” The Washington Post reported.
For the Keystone XL project, the executive order “invites” the company to “re-submit its application.”
Both pipelines would be subject to renegotiation, according to the president.
In addition, Trump also signed three sweeping orders requiring American-made steel and making changes to the approval process and regulation of future pipeline and infrastructure projects.
“The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled-up mess,” he said.
The president wants new projects to make use of American steel. “I am very insistent that if we’re going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipe should be made in the United States,” he told reporters.
Dakota Access Pipeline
Energy Transfer Partners, a pipeline company, is building the Dakota Access Pipeline that would transport oil from the shale oil reserves in North Dakota to refineries and pipeline networks in Illinois.
The company wants to complete the final 1,100-foot piece of the 1,172-mile pipeline route that runs under Lake Oahe.
The project is strongly opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American groups because it would imperil their water supplies and disturb sacred burial and archaeological sites.
In December, the Army Corp of Engineers halted the project to consider alternative routes.
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States. It runs from Alberta to refineries in Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was rejected by the Obama administration in November 2015 due to climate change. According to the studies, the pipeline is a threat to the environment as it would carry tar sands crude oil that is greenhouse gas intensive.
The Keystone pipeline is owned by TransCanada. The company welcomed the executive order, and said that it would be interested in reviving the project.