Politicians are back at it again, turning serious policy matters into political games. This time it is a state-of-the-art infrastructure project called the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will safely deliver domestic energy to manufacturers, creating jobs all along the way. Now, in an election-year ploy, the White House is threatening to pull the plug.
After two years of rigorous review, consultations, and planning, state regulatory bodies of four states and the federal government gave final approvals to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Following the successful approval process, opposition to the pipeline went to federal court to stop construction. The court sided with the builders, who have complied with every request and regulation of municipal, state and federal government bodies.
But last week, the administration announced a plan to “reconsider… previous decisions” regarding a single crossing of the pipeline. Why?
The continued delay of a portion of the project will cost hundreds of good jobs, and after-the-fact reconsideration of permits and approvals undermine the very regulatory process the government created.
Energy infrastructure is essential to growing our manufacturing economy and strengthening our energy security. Let’s come together to move forward, create jobs, strengthen our economy and boost manufacturing.
The time for politics is over. It’s time to put people to work, including the many manufacturers who make this project possible.