Op Ed: Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

On Tuesday January 24, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to place an oil pipeline through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. This action reverses former President Obama’s order in opposition to the project. The President wants the pipeline finished as soon as possible, but the order has triggered some uncertainty. The bright side of this project is that it will revive the American steel industry, which will bring back many jobs. On the down side, the new pipeline might endanger the water and disturb sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The tribe testified in court against the pipeline. There has been a massive amount of resistance to the pipeline, but so far protesters have not succeeded in ending its construction. They argue that the pipe won’t help the public and will harm the environment.

In my opinion, I feel that the pipeline is an extremely foolish act. Yes, it might bring back many jobs, but what about the sacred land that has been there for thousands of years? It will all be dug up and destroyed by this new pipe. Even if Donald Trump considered a detour, it will never satisfy everyone. I feel that Trump has been moving too quickly with this project and that he should stop to think about what he’s actually doing.



Mufson, Steven and Juliet Eilperin. “Trump Seeks to Revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL Oil Pipelines.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 24 Jan. 2017.

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