January 24, 2017

Senator Warren Statement on President's Executive Orders to Advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on President Trump's executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

"Democrats have proposed a new infrastructure blueprint that would create over 15 million jobs and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure -- including through investments in clean energy and modernizing our electric grid -- and we welcome President Trump and congressional Republicans to join us to create jobs now and to build a future that makes the US more competitive. But instead, President Trump today issued executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, pitting hardworking Americans against our climate and the protection of tribal lands.

"The Obama Administration rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline in part because it would ‘undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combatting climate change.' And just last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took steps to prepare a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota pipeline with ‘full public input and analysis.' The impact of these pipelines on our environment, and on the communities they cut through, did not change when President Obama left office. President Trump's announcement today moves us in the wrong direction for our environment and our economy."





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