Jan 25, 2017

Environmentalists infuriated as Trump backs oil pipelines

US President Donald Trump has infuriated environmentalists by signing executive orders that support two controversial oil pipelines.

The new Republican president backed the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects, provided American steel is used.

Signing the Keystone XL measure, Mr Trump said it would create a "lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs, great construction jobs".

In late 2015, the Obama administration halted Keystone while the Army decided last year to explore other routes for the Dakota pipeline amid huge protests by Native Americans.

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