trump orders advancement on building keystone xl and dakota access pipelines

January 24, 2017

As you may have noticed, President Trump and the GOP don’t really care about taking care of the planet. Economic growth? Yes. A place to live when everyone is unimaginably prosperous? No. In another tone-deaf move against climate science and utter disregard for the indigenous rights and sovereignty and the people who depend on the water that the Dakota Access Pipeline will run under, Trump has signed two executive orders that will move forward on the building of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

The short-sighted move will undoubtedly be met with opposition from climate science, environmental and human rights communities, given the extremely high frequency (and ultimately inevitability) of pipeline accidents every single year. In fact, there’s already been one this year.

The executive order is just one of the several orders in which President Trump has reminded the American people that he will always represent the interests of billion and trillion dollar industries over ours.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at erin@afropunk.com.