Trump Advances Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipelines: It’s Time to Resist

The relief protesters felt last month when the Obama administration blocked the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has proven to be short-lived. This morning, President Donald Trump announced that he would throw his support behind efforts to revive the DAPL, as well as the previously rejected Keystone XL pipeline.

It may not exactly come as a surprise, but that makes Trump’s decision no less deplorable and destructive. The DAPL crosses through sacred Native American tribal land in defiance of preexisting treaties, as well as crucial waterways. The Keystone XL carries similar problems, not the least of which is contributing to our mounting climate change crisis.

“Simply put, Donald Trump is who we thought he is: a person who will sell off Americans’ property and tribal rights, clean air and safe water to corporate polluters,” explained Michael Brune, head of the Sierra Club.

As he delivered the news, Trump boldly proclaimed, “I am to a large extent an environmentalist.”

Pipelines aside, his claim is dubious. After all, Trump famously declared climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. He also just appointed Scott Pruitt, a man best known for suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a dozen times on behalf of corporate interests, to run that very same agency.

While he was at it, Trump signed an executive order that would accelerate the approval process for other projects like oil pipelines, stating that he didn’t want infrastructure to be bogged down by lengthy environmental review procedures.

During his campaign, Trump emphasized that he would use executive orders freely, blaming former President Barack Obama for setting the precedent. Trump argued, however, “I’m going to use them much better and they’re going to serve a much better purpose.”

Whether or not this particular use of an executive order is “better” certainly remains up for debate among the thousands of environmentalists who have fought construction of both pipelines. Some protesters have never left the DAPL site, meaning that authorities may soon violently attack these demonstrators again.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe released a full statement about Trump’s decision.

“By granting the easement, Trump is risking our treaty rights and water supply to benefit his wealthy contributors and friends at DAPL,” said Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We are opposed to any reckless and politically motivated development projects, like DAPL, that ignore our treaty rights and risk our water. Creating a second Flint does not make America great again.”

The Atlantic reminds us that, prior to the election, Donald Trump was a stockholder in Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the DAPL. Though Trump’s team claims the shares have since been sold, no proof has been provided to suggest that this transaction actually occurred.

Once again, citizens are being asked to trust that Trump is handling his conflicts of interest privately, while he neglects to offer proper evidence.

Trump may have revived the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, but that doesn’t mean this fight is over. The people thwarted these plans previously, and you can bet we are capable of taking action again.

You can be part of that fight by adding your e-signature to Care2’s latest petition. Let the new administration know that you will not sit by idly as Trump caters to oil and gas companies at the cost of water and air pollution.

While you’re at it, urge big banks to pull their investments from the DAPL project with this petition. The more pressure we apply on the powers that be, the better.

It’s time to demand that Donald Trump listen to the people by reversing his anti-climate decision to approve these pipelines. 

Photo Credit: tarsandsaction/Flickr


Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thank you for posting!

Richard A
Richard A2 years ago

Folks disagree over different parts of this issue. Still, a large concern is that a toxic product is being transported from outside our country's borders, across our country, to be sold to customers outside our country's borders. I'm sure folks remember BP's massive leak in the Gulf of Mexico and the outrageous pollution to our shores as a result. Point being that there is a risk and if something goes wrong it cannot be put right. And no matter which way it goes, the only people that are going to profit are the Big Oil companies and their shareholders, while those harmed, including the earth, will be harmed forever.

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld2 years ago

We do. It is called plants. According to the national geographic up to 80% of our forest have been destroyed. What effect do you think that has had on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels? Reforestation will be the key. This can compensate for our combustion effects. Plants will grow faster under a climate that is warmer wetter and had higher carbon dioxide. The trees will work twice as hard as they did in the past to sequester carbon dioxide. Start planting.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams2 years ago

We need to find a constructive use for greenhouse gas emissions, mostly CO2. I hope it will work as fracking fluid for hot rock reservoirs at bottoms of injection wells of enhanced geothermal systems.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

Both petitions signed, and I already pulled my money from a bank and put it in a Credit Union.

David F
David F2 years ago

Brian F the little earthquakes do no harm. who cares.
Between 2008 and 2012 alone American gas production jumped 600 percent. This expansion in supply has precipitated an enormous drop in price. The percentage of electricity by coal has dropped to 37 percent.

Fracking technology dropping clean Natural gas from over 14.00 dollars per M BTU's to less than 2 dollars.

The poor and Disenfranchised thank the free market fracking even though they are clueless why. Trillions of US dollars now stay on this side of the border and the everyone here benefits except OPEC.

Cathy B
Cathy B2 years ago

What an ill conceived idea! Resistance will not be futile!

Brian F
Brian F2 years ago

Earthquakes are up 3,000% in Oklahoma thanks to fracking.

David F
David F2 years ago

The US steel industry is expanding enormously making seamless Steel pipe for the fracking industry where it is used to displace the incredible oil wealth traditionally sent to our middle East haters.

Trump is doing what he promised. Jobs. The voters approved in a landslide