WASHINGTON — President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to further dismantle his predecessor’s policies as he resurrected a pipeline in the Dakotas that had become a major flashpoint for Native Americans, while reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, which had stirred years of debate over the balance between energy needs and environmental concerns.
Former President Barack Obama rejected the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone pipeline in 2015, arguing that it would undercut American leadership in curbing the reliance on carbon energy to address a warming climate. Mr. Trump signed a document clearing the way for the government to reconsider the pipeline as well as another expediting the Dakota Access pipeline from North and South Dakota to Illinois.
The decisions came a day after Mr. Trump formally abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an ambitious, 12-nation trade pact negotiated by Mr. Obama. In his opening days in office, Mr. Trump has also signed an order that begins to unravel Mr. Obama’s health care program, reversed the former president’s policies on abortion and housing, and ordered a freeze of any pending regulations left behind by the departing administration….
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