Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders to advance the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, both of which had been blocked by the Obama administration.
Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/OErGmbBvYK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017
Obama stopped the proposed Keystone pipeline in 2015, claiming it would have undercut U.S. efforts to seal a global climate change deal. The Keystone pipeline will run from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is to carry oil from North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois, and will pass through South Dakota and Iowa.
This executive order is just one of many Trump has penned this week, quickly following through on many of the promises he made during the campaign. On Monday, he signed an order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, another of Obama’s signature achievements.
“Great thing for the American worker what we just did,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office.