President Trump campaigned on a plethora of populist issues during the 2016 election season, and he has already started efforts to deliver on a few. In his first couple of days, the new president has instituted a federal hiring freeze, withdrawn the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and now signed an executive order which will reboot and reinvigorate construction on the Keystone Pipeline — a project which languished in limbo under the Obama Administration.
The project would directly create somewhere between 2,500 and 9,000 temporary jobs (likely lasting only a couple of years) and a huge number of secondary or “spin-off” ones. The pipe-line would also make it much easier to move oil from Canada and the Dakotas onto the world market much more quickly and inexpensively; thereby decreasing the price of oil and, by proxy, fuel. Environmentalists and Democrats are almost certain to oppose the move, despite the fact that pipelines remain the safest way to move oil in the world; but that is unlikely to deter the new administration.
This latest move by the president maintains a seemingly steady resolve to achieve the goals set out in his campaign. It remains to be seen if this trend will continue, but by all appearances Trump looks to be a man on a mission as he settles into the Oval Office during his first week. What do you think? Is the Keystone pipeline a good thing for the American economy? Will the president continue attempting to make good on his word during the campaign? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.