Consumer Energy Alliance applauds Trump administration’s pipeline decisions

Published on January 27, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) expressed its approval this week of President Donald Trump’s decision to sign executive orders allowing the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to move forward.

The executive orders overturned the Obama administration’s denial of the U.S. State Department permit required for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the Canadian-American border, as well as regulatory procedural measures enacted by Obama, which delayed the progress of the Dakota Access pipeline.

“CEA has strongly supported both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines for many years and we enthusiastically applaud President Trump’s decision today to move ahead with these long-delayed projects,” CEA President David Holt said.

CEA recently released a report showing that failure to build natural gas pipelines would result in a 31 percent shortfall in U.S. energy capacity by 2030 in a scenario in which electricity generation from oil and coal was eliminated and electricity generation from nuclear facilities was reduced.

The United States needs to build even more pipelines than it is currently, according to the CEA.

“CEA urges the Trump administration to continue what it started today with its Keystone XL and Dakota Access decisions and continue efforts to streamline permitting of pipelines to create jobs and spur economic growth,” Holt said.