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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Boost Oil, Gas Industry

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Boost Oil, Gas Industry
The orders make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects.

President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Wednesday to host election fundraisers in two counties that were pro-Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. In between the events, he made an appearance at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, where he signed two executive orders designed to help the oil and gas industry. The orders essentially make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects.

He went on to say energy infrastructure is often stymied by special interest groups, “entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists”. He mentioned the state of Washington and New York specifically, saying “obstruction” on a gas pipeline “does not just hurt families and workers like you, it undermines our independence and national security.”

He told the crowd that “American labor will always have a friend in the White House.” And, while oil production in Texas has reached record highs, he believes more can be done.

The first order:

  • Directs the Environmental Protection Agency to update federal guidance on the Clean Water Act
  • Aims to legalize rail LNG shipments
  • Removes barriers to investing in certain energy projects
  • Compels two federal agencies to study and release reports on energy issues in New England and the West Coast
  • Accelerates renewals for energy project right of ways

Through the second order, the State Department will be instructed to update the timeline for the permit process for cross-border energy projects to 60 days. Currently, the permitting process for pipelines and electricity transmission lines between the U.S., Canada and Mexico can drag on for years.

During his tenure as president Trump has made energy development a priority, and part of his efforts have included rolling back government regulations. Just last week, Trump issued a new permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline, sidestepping a court decision that shut down a previous authorization by his State Department. The pipeline will carry crude oil from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Midwest.

The lack of pipeline expansion and capacity in several key oil producing regions are hurdles that have continued to pose a challenge for oil and gas producers, especially in prolific U.S. shale basins such the Permian. It remains to be seen if Trump’s latest executive orders will go the distance in providing any relief.

The White House’s official press release around the executive orders is posted here.


117 Comments on "Trump Signs Executive Orders to Boost Oil, Gas Industry"

  1. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 4:27 am 

    Clogg is trying to ‘unite the whites’!

    Too little too late pal..

    You had a good run but it will be over soon..

  2. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 4:40 am 

    Clogg is trying to ‘unite the whites’!

    Mobsters tribe in contrast is trying to destroy the white race since early 1900…

    …and will fail. The smarter ones of his tribe already admitted defeat:

    But, and you have to give it to mobsters tribe, and his water carriers like “we kicked your ass” 1%-dave, they will manage to destroy America (for us Europeans):

    Bring it on, mobster, who is my favorite useful idiot, so we (Eurasia) can finally ax you and send you the way of the Huns, who terrorized Europe for a century, only to vanish from history completely.

    I know whose ass is going to be kicked this time.

    Russia, here we come! Together with China we can liberate the world of Anglo-Zionist hegemony and start a truly multipolar = segregated world, founded on the world’s “Great Civilizations”.

    Enjoy WW3-CW2!

  3. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 4:48 am 


    You are deluding yourself..Just look at Europe’s GDP..It approaching zero..And you and Asia are going to be crushed like a paper bag when the global oil shortage hits here shortly..You both are going to be USSR 2.0..

    Don’t worry we will pick up the crumbs like we did after WW2..This time without even firing a shot..

    You better leave now before its too late..

  4. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 4:53 am 

    The last law of nature says: that any creature that despoils and outbreeds its natural habitat will be culled to bring its numbers under control and restore a stable environment.

  5. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 5:06 am 

    You are deluding yourself..Just look at Europe’s GDP..It approaching zero.

    You are basically saying we are going to remain stinking rich, but not richer. Fine with me.

    Americans can only think in terms of money and economic growth. They piss in their pants at the idea of not growing economically. It’s the end of the

    The US fake growth btw is totally build on yet another debt spree, where Europe actually manages to decrease its debt.

    EU debt:

    US debt:

    EU (read: German) discipline, lacking in the US. And then there is the Eurasian ambition to push back the role of the dollar, your last free lunch, without which you would sink back to the level of an XXL Slovenia (-40% GDP).

    Wonder what Leroy will say once his handout will stop.


    My guess: whitey will beg for a European intervention. I even think that THAT is the reason why the Trumpert is insisting on Europe increasing its defense budget, because he knows what is coming and he hopes that Europe will save American whitey eventually.

    And we will, in our own geopolitical interest.


  6. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 5:20 am 

    More British confusion. Peter Oborne (and the DailyMail) have been supporting PM May and her strategy of a soft-Brexit. Now Oborne begins to support BoJo:

    “PETER OBORNE: Here’s who SHOULD be leading the Tories (and you’ll be amazed who I think it is)”

    It could very well be that Brexit will end because pure irritation will break the dead-lock and “anything-but-out” will prevail and a no-deal Brexit will be a fact.

    Expect European-UK hostility to begin soon after and French and British fighter jets flying low over the Channel, giving each other the finger. And 1000 years of French-British hostility will be restored, a default situation that was temporarily ended in 1904, when the British deemed the Germans the bigger enemy, in a move to prepare for WW1, a war that poisoned relations in Europe for centuries to come:

    Expect a new Iron Curtain to be drawn in the Channel, separating the UK from the continent in case of a no-deal.

    The ultimate symbol of French hatred for the British: the burning of French national icon Jeanne d’Arc on the stake:

    French-British rivalry culminated in in World War 0, aka the Seven Year War, when the French managed to ram the British out of America:

    Life in Europe is going to be interesting again. I mean, programming your iPhone is great fun, but there are more interesting past-times.

  7. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 5:48 am 

    BoJo flirting with Amber Rudd. “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine”:

    “Boris wants Amber Rudd as his chancellor: Brexiteer is ready to give her the job if she backs his bid to be Prime Minister – but she’ll only accept if he stops supporting No Deal”

    Officially May can’t be toppled before December with a no-confidence vote; that bullet already has been shot, in vain.

    But she can be put under high pressure to step down by “men in grey suits”, especially if by Halloween there is still no consensus.

    For the history books it is of utmost importance of who gets the blame for the upcoming disaster.

    “Support for Tories falls to its lowest in six years – but pro-Brexit parties see a surge in voters”

    As was suggested yesterday in BBC Newsnight, the time could be rife for a total overhaul of British politics, like already has happened in France, Italy, Holland and soon in Germany. Old school parties are history, populism rules the day, backed by Moscow.

    Conservatives who I can respect, in varying degrees: Heseltine, Clark, May, Rudd, Hammond, all Remainers by brain, not by heart. Labour are all nobodies, but I do admit I am fascinated by Corbyn:

    For Europe, a Corbyn government would be best: a soft-Brexit, that is out of the way politically, but without the economic damage.

  8. Davy on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 5:58 am 

    cloggo, what is with the anglo obsession? Is this all you think about?

  9. Davy on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 6:01 am 

    JuanP, get off this forum you lunatic. Check in somewhere where you can get therapy.

    This shit is bizarre and not right:
    “Fuck Off JuanP on Fri, 12th Apr 2019 9:50 pm
    I will never forgive you for messing around on me with Boney Joe. Scumbag.
    JuanP & Davy on Fri, 12th Apr 2019 10:06 pm
    We got the beginnings of a big time lover’s quarrel and when two queens are fighting the fur starts flying everywhere so watch out.
    Remember what Jeffrey Dahmer did to the gook who escaped his Milwaukee apartment in the middle of winter? Fortunately, Milwaukee’s finest caught the nude gook and turned him over to Jeffrey. To prevent any further escapes and to make him a rice queen sex slave, Jeffrey gave him a frontal lobotomy.”

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 7:12 am 

    That will teach them!

    Trump wants to ship illegal immigrants to majority Dems cities (are there any other of those cities btw?), in retaliation for the Dems refusal to keep future Dems voters out of the country.

  11. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 7:36 am 

    Every post clogg makes sounds like it was written by a boomer chud whose spent the last two decades having their brain melted by Rupert Murdoch. Giving geriatrics an internet connection was a mistake.

  12. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 7:40 am 

    It keeps you off the street, millimind.

  13. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 7:42 am 


    Just be honest, you can’t handle the economic and environmental collapse..So you cling to red herrings like immigrants..No different than during the original depression..

    Oh well, your region is headed for total collapse into a civil war when the oil starts to run out..A classic Malthusian trap.

  14. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 8:17 am 

    Mobby, already digested the failed Israeli moonlanding?

    That hapless celestial body now has a new crater: Mare Moshe Minisculum, after the Israeli space vehicle named “Bearshit” crashed into the moon at 124 m/s. Apparently, the Israeli have difficulty to distinguish between a moonlanding and your average Mossad assassination. To make things worse, the ship had a holotale survivor on board. Not sure what happened to him.

  15. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 8:26 am 

    First Indonesia, than Australia:

    “Indonesia election: China’s complicated role in the country’s future”

  16. joe on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 8:36 am 

    Everyone wants May out. Looks like Labour and the new Brexit party will eat up Tory votes. Not sure that a Corbynista government would be a soft touch for the EUSSR, and we can’t forget that he wants to stand down Trident and is already openly pro-Assange….. Will be quite the event when Trump comes to visit Num10 next time, he might find Maduro sharing his bunk bed….ha!
    Anyway things are really bonkers here in the good old EU or whatever it is we agreed to stay in for a bit longer. Elections are coming and anyone who objects to being bombed by muslim fanatics is being maligned as racist. Hope the gilet junes burn some stuff our German overlords economy is slowing, it’s cold over here……

  17. Cloggie on Sat, 13th Apr 2019 8:58 am 

    OMG, America has discovered new mercenaries: Brasilians!

    “Maduro tells Brazilian Army to resist ‘fascist rookie’ Bolsonaro’s orders to intervene in Venezuela”

    Washington has discovered on a map that Brasil borders Venezuela and combined that factoid with knowledge about who runs Brasil these days.

    In a radio interview earlier this week, the Brazilian leader said that he was working with US President Donald Trump to sow dissent within Venezuela’s armed forces in the hopes of ousting Maduro. He also said that he will consider helping Washington should the US launch a military invasion into Caracas.

    His remarks were a departure from the ones previously made by Brazil’s vice president, who explicitly ruled out military intervention in Venezuela.

    One wonders how many billions would flow in order to buy the Brasilian army.

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