What it means: Action on Keystone XL and DAPL

President Donald Trump signed executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

It’s finally happening – we’re seeing real action on critical American energy infrastructure projects. Fringe, far-left activists have held up common sense energy development for far too long, stalling job creation and economic growth. 2017 presents a new opportunity.

President Trump just signed executive actions to take the first steps towards developing an aggressive energy infrastructure policy. While not the final authorization, it’s a clear sign that we’re serious about taking advantage of an all-the-above energy policy.

As Karen Harbert, who heads up our Institute for 21st Century Energy, said this morning:

“For too long, private infrastructure investment has been held hostage by government interference driven by fringe interests. Today’s Executive Orders on the Dakota Access pipeline and Keystone XL pipeline demonstrate that we finally have an administration that is serious about putting American energy to work for the entire economy.

The Keystone XL pipeline was under review for an unprecedented nine years and the Dakota Access pipeline was 90% completed when both projects were stopped in their tracks for political purposes, sending a chilling signal to investors around the world. These two projects will create good American jobs and improve access to affordable energy.”

With your help, we look forward to a renewed focus on building much-needed energy infrastructure and stand ready to advocate for getting projects underway. For too long, the federal government was part of the problem. They got in the way and it stalled the American economy.

You’re an important voice in this fight. You’ve expressed interest in energy issues in the past, and we’ll keep you updated on the next steps to develop our energy infrastructure.

The first week’s not yet over, and President Trump is taking to his First 100 Days with vigor. As we hear developments, we’ll keep you in the loop. If you are concerned about other major policies facing our country, let me know here.

Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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