Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yesterday was a good day for pipelines, a bad one for environmentalists

Yesterday, this was the news I heard at work: Trump advances Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines.

Native Americans and environmentalists have strongly opposed both projects.
The reaction was swift and predictable, as Newsy also reported Anti-pipeline movements unite against Trump.

After President Trump signed memorandums to move forward on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, activists met at the White House.
Good luck to them.  They'll need it.

It looks like I was both premature in celebrating Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline and right about my original prediction from 2011 that it would eventually be approved.  I'd rather have been wrong.  Welcome to "a dumb idea that's going to hurt Americans."

Yesterday also brought more bad news for people who want information from government, including about environmental issues, as Trump issues gag order for EPA, DOT and others.

The Trump administration has reportedly restricted press access and social media use for some agencies.
Ugh.  This is enough to make me write about the Oscars.  At least I can find good news there.

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