In an effort to please his business partners and collect on his own investment in oil companies, Donald Trump has pushed forward the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite the fact that the Obama Administration had brought the project to a halt.

Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday, granting both the DAPL and Keystone XL pipeline the go-ahead to resume construction in the name of “jobs,” and “energy.”

On a long list of reasons not to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, the one that should be foremost in Donald Trump’s eyes is the fact that the highly contentious project will only result in 15 jobs.

After all, Donald Trump is hoping to be the new Jobs President, and he has flaunted his negotiating as a businessman as evidence of his ability to employ more Americans than Obama. But if Trump truly is concerned about having American-made products made by America workers, he should look elsewhere than the protested Dakota Access Pipeline.

Despite the fact that thousands have protested the construction of the pipeline for months, and despite the highly likely possibility that the pipeline can have disastrous environmental consequences, Trump’s press secretary John Spicer claimed that the completion of both pipelines will help spur job growth in the United States.

Yet according to spokespeople for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the DAPL will create just 15 jobs once it is completed. The Keystone XL will give just a few dozen as well.

For context, you could build a McDonalds or a Chipotle in an economically-starved city and created just as many – or more – jobs as these dangerous and opposed pipelines.

So if Trump wants to force the pipelines to be completed on the backs of Native Americans and the health of the American people, at least we can make sure that no one in this nation believes it will benefit Americans.

 

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com