The U.S. State Department will likely approve the construction of the Keystone pipeline as early as Monday, an anonymous source familiar with the matter has revealed to The Hill.
The project was originally put on hold when the Obama Administration formally turned down TransCanada’s request for the the permit necessary to build the project in 2015.
The State Department is relevant to the project because the proposed pipeline crosses the national boundary of the U.S. and Canada.
The pipeline, as proposed, would be 1,179 miles long and carry some 830,000 barrels of oil from the Alberta oil sands to existing pipelines in the United States each day.
The Obama administration originally turned down TransCanada’s request for the permits necessary for the project because it did not align with the administration’s goals for addressing climate change.
Now, however, we’ve entered a new era in terms of how the White House addresses issues of climate change. We’ve got a guy in office who once said that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese and has only very, very reluctantly acknowledged that such a comment is absolutely ludicrous.
And all of Trump’s inner circle agrees with him on this matter, too. Even if they’ve kind of, sort of admitted that climate change is real, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to do anything about it. The Trump administration has instead taken to repealing a number of regulations designed to protect the environment in the name of “promoting job growth.”
Of course, if we’re all dead on account of climate change, then there isn’t going to be anyone to fill those jobs supposedly set to be created by the Trump administration.
The announcement that the State Department is likely set to approve TransCanada’s request for permits to build the Keystone pipeline comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson already recused himself from the deliberations due to his deep, long standing financial ties to the oil industry. He couldn’t have been expected to make an even remotely unbiased decision after serving as the CEO of Exxon Mobil.
The individual who has taken over the hopelessly inept Tillerson’s role is Tom Shannon, the State Department’s undersecretary for political affairs.
The State Department didn’t comment on the allegation that they’re set to approve the pipeline at the beginning of next week, but next Monday is the deadline set by President Trump in one of his first acts after taking office for the government to conduct a relevant review of the Keystone Pipeline project.
Included in that measure was an order for the review of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, which has since been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers as directed by President Trump, in yet another affront to the will of the people and the protection of the environment.
The direction of the Trump administration continues to be to hand over the reins and control of American society to big corporations, oil companies included. People don’t want the Keystone Pipeline, and it will have a documentable negative effect on the environment — and yet the Trump Administration is pushing ahead with the project anyway.
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