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Bismarck, ND - Trump Says Would Approve Keystone Oil Pipeline, Cut Regulations, If Elected

Published on: May 26, 2016 05:38 PM
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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Bismarck, North Dakota US May 26, 2016.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Bismarck, North Dakota US May 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Bismarck, ND - Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline proposal if elected, reversing a decision by the administration of President Barack Obama to block it over environmental concerns.

“I would absolutely approve it, 100 percent, but I would want a better deal,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he was scheduled to give a speech to an oil conference on the energy policies he would pursue if elected to the White House.

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“I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits,” Trump said. “That’s how we’re going to make our country rich again.”

The Obama administration’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline last year was a huge symbolic victory for America’s environmental movement, which had campaigned for years against the project on the grounds that it would accelerate global warming.

The debate over the pipeline created tension in the relationship between the United States and Canada, which had hoped the project would increase the capacity for Canadian oil sands exports to the U.S. market.

Asked for a reaction to Trump’s comment, Laurel Munroe, chief spokeswoman for Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, said, “We wouldn’t comment on a hypothetical like that.”

A spokesman for TransCanada was not immediately available to comment.

Trump said at the press conference that if elected he would also seek to reduce regulation on the energy industry to make drillers and coal companies more competitive.

“I think the federal government should get out of the way. We have so much potential energy that people wouldn’t even believe it,” he said.

The comments deepen the contrast between Trump and his Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both of whom advocate a sharp turn toward renewable energy technology as a way to combat climate change.

“Bernie is going to ban fracking. Hillary is going to ban fracking,” Trump said at the press conference, flanked by oil baron Harold Hamm, the chief executive of shale oil producer Continental Resources.

“You do that and we’re going to be back into the Middle East and we’re going to be begging for oil again. That’s not going to happen, not with me,” he said.



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 May 26, 2016 at 07:40 PM HankM Says:

That's one plank more than Hillary, starting to tilt towards Trump (Hashem forgive me)

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 May 26, 2016 at 09:25 PM Butterfly Says:

He wants the profits from whose oil?

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 May 27, 2016 at 01:40 AM Mark Levin Says:

Very very smart man!

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:06 AM RocklandRes Says:

The pipeline only helps Canada send oil to the Gulf of Mexico. Does little for USA.

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM abilenetx Says:

Mr. Trump is going to make a deal, Canada you can have the pipe line, but lets make a deal what is in it for the USA???? $$$

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:50 AM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #5  
abilenetx Says:

Mr. Trump is going to make a deal, Canada you can have the pipe line, but lets make a deal what is in it for the USA???? $$$

The environmental damage when it leaks.

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 May 27, 2016 at 01:42 PM abilenetx Says:

Alaska has had the pipeline for years, and years, and years and it has not destroyed the environment.( the mouse travel under it) When the pipeline is built there are precautions put into place on the pipeline to warn of impending problem. Without that pipeline America would not be as oil rich as we are.

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