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Keystone, Dakota pipelines get boost

DEMONSTRATORS against the Keystone pipeline extension gather in 2013 (Wikipedia photo).

DEMONSTRATORS against the Keystone pipeline extension gather in 2013 (Wikipedia photo).

The controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are back on track, as a result of executive actions signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump. Both had been opposed by former president Barack Obama and major environmental groups.

news-watchIn the case of the Dakota Access project, much of the opposition had come from Native American groups and their supporters.

“From now on, we are going to start making pipelines in the United States,” said Trump. His support of the Keystone project comes with the condition that the pipelines components be manufactured in the U.S.

“President Trump will live to regret his actions today,” commented Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “Unwittingly he is beginning to build a wall — a wall of resistance. This fight is far from over.”

The Keystone would run from Canada to Nebraska and from there move oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana and other states. The Dakota project would carry oil from North Dakota to South Dakota and course beneath Lake Oake, a major source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Also on Tuesday, presidential press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump “does believe” he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton only because 3 to 5 million illegal aliens cast ballots for the Democratic nominee. Officially, Clinton polled about 2.8 million votes more than Trump, although the Republican won a majority of the electoral vote.






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