Keystone XL Pipeline Resumes Construction

Written by Blanca Martin, Copy Editor

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Map of proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Despite what President Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Keystone XL pipeline is being built using non-American steel. Trump announced at CPAC Feb. 24, “If they want a pipeline in the United States, they’re going to use pipe that’s made in the United States,” contradicting his previous statement.

Just seven days after the speech at CPAC, White House spokeswoman told Ben Lefebvre of PoliticoPro, that “the Keystone XL pipeline is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipeline.”

The executive order Trump signed in January, moved to resume the development of the pipelines. The executive order cited key stipulations: “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States.”

The Keystone XL pipeline is proposed to run from Canada to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast. Protesters argue the extension will cause the “release of more climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere.” Whereas supporters compliment the creation of jobs and lower energy costs.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont issued a statement in response to the executive order, “President Trump ignored the voices of millions and put the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the future of our planet” adding, “I will do everything I can to stop these pipelines and protect our planet for future generations.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have protested against the pipelines, vowed they will seek legal action against the order because it “risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights.”

Other lawmakers were keen on the revived action. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota boasts, “it will make our country stronger and more secure by helping us produce and transport more domestic energy.”