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Grumet: Pipeline Siting Executive Orders Ignore Underlying Problem

Washington, D.C.– The following is a statement from Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, on executive orders related to pipeline siting and energy infrastructure signed by President Trump yesterday:

“BPC supports bipartisan efforts in Congress and across administrations to speed the issuance of approvals for critical infrastructure. Though well intended, the Trump administration’s executive orders on critical infrastructure siting are unlikely to have a positive impact.

“The executive orders fail to recognize that the growing opposition to pipeline siting is driven by concern over the lack of meaningful federal climate policy. In the absence of a coherent strategy to address climate change, advocates will continue to seize upon the permitting process as leverage in the climate debate. The Trump administration cannot wish this opposition, state regulatory authority, or the climate problem away through an executive order.

“President Trump’s executive orders correctly recognize that the current system of natural gas pipeline permitting is burdened with inefficiency and delays that undermine economic opportunity in parts of the country. The administration’s call for greater transparency, timeliness and accountability in the state permitting process is appropriate. It must be coupled with responsible federal action on climate change to be effective.”

Jason Grumet is available for comment.