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Trump Reverses Obama Era Executive Orders

President Donald Trump signed more executive orders Tuesday morning, reversing more of the Obama administration’s second term policies.

Executive Order #1: Approving the Construction of the Keystone Pipeline

President Trump’s first executive order of the day reversed President Obama’s decision to halt the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline would stretch from Canada to Kansas and would create 28,000 jobs, according to Trump. However, environmentalists conviced the Obama administration to block its construction in 2015 due to concerns the pipeline could adversely affect the surrounding environment.

Executive Order #2: Approving the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline, blocked in late 2016 by the Obama administration, recieved an approval in Trump’s next executive order. Obama halted this pipeline’s construction due to protests over its proximity to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation’s water sources.

Executive Order #3: All Pipeline Construction Materials Must Be Manufactured in the United States

“If we’re going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be made in the United States,” Trump said before he signed this order. This is part of Trump’s effort to stay true to his inauguration day promise: “Buy American and hire American.”

Executive Order #4: Steamlining the Permitting Process for Manufacturers

Trump’s next executive order focused on simplifying the permitting process for domestic manufacturers and cutting regulations. By slashing regulations and shortening the permitting process, Trump hopes to facilitate a rebirth of manufacturing in the United States. A constant campaign theme from Trump, the return of American manufacturing, has found itself carried over into one of the Trump administration’s first priorities.

Executive Order #5: Accelerating Environmental Reviews for “High Priority Infrastructure Projects”

The final executive order of the day aimed to hasten the environmental review process for “high priority infrastructure projects.” Prior to signing the order, Trump said, “We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways. We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling.”