“Incorporate new technologies and innovations into our national transportation system such as state-of-the-art pipelines, advancements in maritime commerce, and the next generation of vehicles.”
Update: President Trump Signs Executive Orders And Presidential Memoranda To Push Forward Pipeline Development
Date: January 24th, 2017
“Then he signed a separate action requiring that the steel used in the pipelines be made in the United States. “Going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers, back to work,” he said.
But potentially more sweeping are two directives changing the process of approving and regulating future pipeline and infrastructure projects.
“This is about streamlining the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible, permitting process,” Trump said in an Oval Office signing ceremony that has already become a trademark of his short presidency.
“If it’s a no, we’ll give them a quick no, and if it’s a yes, it’s like ‘Let’s start building,’ ” he said. “The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled up mess, and very unfair to people.”
While the text of the directives wasn’t immediately available, so it wasn’t immediately clear how far the rollback of Obama’s environmental policy goes. “This is the expediting of environmental reviews and approvals for high-priority infrastructure projects,” Trump said. “We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is falling down.”
The directives Trump signed Tuesday were a mix of executive orders and presidential memoranda.”
“He also signed a decree that the pipelines will be built with American steel, “like we used to in the old days,” and two others: one that he said will streamline “the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing,” and another he says will expedite environmental reviews and approvals “for high-priority infrastructure projects.”
“We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling,” Trump said.
The president’s actions quickly reignited the debate over the pipelines; supporters say the pipelines will lead to lower energy costs and create jobs, while environmentalists argue they will lead to the release of more climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere.”
“The president said the projects would be subject to a “renegotiation of the terms.” But he made clear the government was resuming consideration for both pipelines, describing them as a potential boon to construction workers.
“We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes.”
To that end, the president signed three other orders related to pipeline construction, including one expediting the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects and one directing the Commerce Department to maximize the use of U.S. steel.”