U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a number of executive orders to advance approval of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. His administration takes a swift step forward to finally enable the construction of these two pipelines, which both had been blocked by former president Barack Obama’s administration.
This act can be considered a major victory for energy companies engaged in several disputes with environmental activists and Native Americans throughout the United States. White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced an “energy revolution” for the nation and claimed that these actions would create tens of thousands of new jobs.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with many other anti-pipeline-activists, sharply criticized the President’s decision as a vital act against the legitimate interests of large parts of the population in favor of a small group of corporate beneficiaries.
However, the construction of these pipelines is not a done deal yet as President Trump announced “renegotiations” with the energy companies involved. The President issued executive actions declaring the construction of new oil pipelines within the U.S. to be done using mainly U.S. materials.