Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Donald Trump can easily reverse Obama, fast-track Keystone pipeline

Via Billy

"If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone Xl pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S.," President-elect Donald Trump tweeted in August 2015, just weeks after announcing his bid for the White House. (Associated Press)

A Trump White House, with the stroke of a pen, could reverse the Obama administration’s course on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and put the once-shelved project on a fast track to completion.

Analysts said the key to President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline last year was a George W. Bush-era executive order giving the State Department a say in energy projects that cross international boundaries. Voiding that executive order would return the decision to energy regulators, who have been far more amenable to Keystone.

“I predict this pipeline will get finished and be in full operation in the next 18 to 24 months,” said Brigham McCown, who served as first acting administrator of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in 2005 and 2006. “Once President Trump says, ‘Make this happen,’ I think you’ll see the government swing back and make that happen.”

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