Trump Ignores Tribal History and Heritage, Will of the People, and the Climate Crisis with Todayâ€™s Announcement
WASHINGTON -(ENEWSPF)–January 24, 2017.Â Today, President Donald Trump will scrap key aspects of former-President Obamaâ€™s climate leadership, as he reportedly plans to sign Executive Orders to move the the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline forward.
TransCanada, the foreign company behind the Keystone XL project, will attempt to use eminent domain to sue American landowners and seize their private property in order to pipe this dirty fuel across the US for export. After Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015, TransCanada sued the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for $15 billion. Despite his previous remarks concerning NAFTA, Trump did not address the company and its lawsuit before approving the project.
Following months of national opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Department of the Army ordered an environmental review of the project in December of 2016. The pipeline was originally proposed to cross the Missouri River just above Bismarck, ND, but after complaints, it was rerouted to cross the river along sacred Tribal grounds, less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation..
Trump had invested in Energy Transfer, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. His spokespeople have claimed that he has since divested, but no proof has been presented.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
â€œDonald Trump has been in office for four days and heâ€™s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared he would be. But, these pipelines are far from being in the clear. The millions of Americans and hundreds of Tribes that stood up to block them in the first place will not be silenced, and will continue fighting these dirty and dangerous projects.
â€œTrump claims heâ€™s a good businessman, yet heâ€™s encouraging dirty, dangerous tar sands development when clean energy is growing faster, producing more jobs, and has a real future. Trump claims he cares about the American people, but heâ€™s allowing oil companies to steal and threaten their land by constructing dirty and dangerous pipelines through it. Trump claims he wants to protect peopleâ€™s clean air and water, but heâ€™s permitting a tar sand superhighway that will endanger both and hasten the climate crisis.
â€œThe Keystone pipeline was rejected because it was not in the countryâ€™s interest, and the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline was ordered because of the threats it poses to the Standing Rock Sioux. Nothing has changed. These pipelines were a bad idea then and theyâ€™re a bad idea now.
â€œSimply put, Donald Trump is who we thought he is: a person who will sell off Americansâ€™ property and Tribal rights, clean air, and safe water to corporate polluters.â€
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.
Source: Sierra Club
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