Donald Trump just signed an executive order pushing for the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline.
Just two working days into his presidency, Donald Trump is quickly undoing all the decisions made around both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. According to CNN, Trump signed a series of executive actions centered solely on constructing oil pipelines in the U.S. With each executive action, Trump has undone the recent work of the Obama administration to halt construction on these two pipelines. It wasn’t just executive actions expediting the construction of the pipelines that he signed — other executive actions signed by Trump shorten the environmental review process, decrease regulation when it comes to building pipelines, and make it mandatory to build the pipes for the pipeline in the U.S., according to video from CNN.
“President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement, according to CNN. “Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”
Critics, like Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, are already speaking out against the executive order.
“We knew the war wasn’t over,” Taboo told TMZ. “We knew that there was still a big war against injustice and trying to preserve mother earth and what’s sacred to our land. So, we felt like we needed to do whatever we can ’cause some people were like, ‘Yeah! We did it! Everybody could go home now.’ But, it’s never over. Especially when you are dealing with someone like this man who just came into office. He’s unpredictable.”