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Trump signs orders for 'revival' of US energy

AFP  |  Crosby (US) 

In the US heartland on Wednesday, announced the signing of two orders to accelerate the construction of and gas pipelines, dismaying environmentalists.

The latest measures are in line with others his administration has taken to ease regulation of the energy sector, a major employer and source of growth in Texas, where he made the announcement to trade union operating engineers.

"Too often, badly needed is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies, and radical activists," the said in Crosby, near

"I will sign two ground breaking orders to continue the revival of the American and jobs," said Trump, who then officially endorsed the measures.

"My action today will cut through destructive permitting delays and denials." The measures aim to limit delays in obtaining permits to build certain infrastructure including pipelines, and will give the "sole authority to make the final decision when we get caught up in problems," he told his supporters.

The action further seeks to curb states' power in the process, reported Post which cited one of the two orders.

The produces 12.2 million barrels of per day on average, the most in the world, according to figures from the (EIA) released Wednesday.

Trump's announcement sparked an outpouring of opposition from environmentalists and some political opponents.

"I have a better idea. Let's invest in that will create jobs and won't destroy our planet," tweeted state's Jay Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Inslee says he will make climate change the central theme of his campaign, in contrast to Trump who pulled the out of the 2015 accord on capping global warming.

Trump's orders follow his granting last month of a new permit for construction of the to bring oil from to the US.

The previous administration of blocked the project in 2015, citing environmental risks.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 10:25 IST
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