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AEA Applauds Action on Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON – President Trump has signed executive actions today to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and to streamline the permitting process for important energy and infrastructure projects. The American Energy Alliance (AEA) looks forward to analyzing these particular actions when the White House releases the final text of the orders. AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“President Trump is wasting no time implementing the pro-growth energy policies he talked about on the campaign trail. More importantly, with these actions today, President Trump is signaling that the federal government will once again honor the rule of law.

“Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline are long overdue infrastructure projects that have been senselessly and needlessly delayed by politics. In both cases, the previous administration changed the rules in the middle of the game, violating the rule of law and betraying Americans’ trust in the federal government. The Trump administration is sending a strong signal that it is serious about putting Americans’ needs first and that pipelines and other important energy projects will no longer languish due to political pressure from the ‘keep-it-in-the-ground’ crowd.

“Pipelines are a safe, efficient way to transport our energy resources and are critical to strengthening the economy. While these two projects are important, the real story here is that the federal government is no longer going to play political games by slow-walking permits or changing course in the middle of a legal process. It is refreshing to have an administration that recognizes the undeniable link between sound energy policy and a strong America.”

Click here to read IER’s latest analysis on how the Obama administration violated the rule of law on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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