Reports from the White House claim that President Trump will sign executive orders to green light construction of the controversial oil pipelines - Dakota Access and Keystone XL.
Earlier in December, the Army Corp of Engineers halted the Dakota Access project, announcing considerations of alternative routes. The construction of the pipe was met with heavy opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American groups who claim that the pipeline will pollute their water reserves as well their sacred burial and historically significant locations. It’s important to mention that the route of the pipeline was changed before, also for concerns of damaging water supplies. The original route for the 1,172-mile pipeline was crossing the Missouri River north of Bismarck in North Dakota, and the rout was change without much of a confrontation to upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation.
As for the Keystone XL pipeline, an executive order from the new president will reverse President Obama's orders, who's administration has decided to stop construction due to environmental concerns. The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to carry the greenhouse gas intensive tar sands crude.
Clearly environmental concerns do not seem to be a concern for President Trump, despite the recent report by NASA revealing that 2016 was the warmest year on record. Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates back to 1880. The warming is ultimately driven by rising concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.