Trump Disregards EPA, Native American Concerns & Approves Controversial Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines

Today Trump continued his Executive Order tear by approving two very controversial environmental issues: The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both initiatives were fiercely fended off by former president Barack Obama until he finally killed their viability in November 2015, according to CNN.

But the newly elected president is making good on yet another campaign promise by expediting the approval of the pipelines. He’s stated he wants the American people to benefit from the oil that will shuttle through these pipelines, continuing his administration’s messaging of putting the American worker first.

But this will not come without cost or fierce protest. Aside from the array of environmental protection issues and concerns, and especially in the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans are sure to wage a unflinching battle with Trump as the construction of the pipeline will require the destruction and building upon lands considered sacred to them.

Approval of the pipelines also heralds Trump’s starkly contrasting views on environmental protection issues to that of his predecessor. He’s even making moves to cut environmental regulations and has appointed several members to his cabinet who aren’t exactly predisposed to the factual crisis that is climate change.

More as this story develops.

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