Five 2020 Candidates Pledge To Reverse Trump Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

Five 2020 Candidates Pledge To Reverse Trump Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

August 20, 2019

The eco-left can’t seem to let this one go.

Despite the increased safety and demonstrated need for more pipeline infrastructure in America, the eco-left opposed the Keystone XL pipeline. Fortunately, President Donald Trump has made it his mission to expand pipeline development. In his first week in office, he reversed President Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Then, earlier this year, he moved forward with an executive order to make it easier for companies to build pipelines.

But some Trump opponents want to reverse his progress. The Hill reports that eco-billionaire Tom Steyer and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro are joining Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren in signing onto a pledge to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The pledge calls for candidates to promise to ‘revoke the existing presidential permits issued unilaterally by President Trump for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, sending both projects back to relevant federal agencies to undergo legitimate environmental review and Tribal consultations.’”

This pledge is an affront to American energy and construction workers who stand to benefit from building safe, effective pipelines. The construction of the Keystone XL pipeline alone would create 42,000 jobs.

North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer put it best when he explained that the Keystone XL pipeline is a “critical piece of energy infrastructure” that “will deliver significant amounts of energy Americans can use every day in the safest, cleanest way possible.”

That’s what our government should be promoting. Safe, reliable energy – not more boycotts and eco-disruptors.