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In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. (Nati Harnik/AP)
In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. (Nati Harnik/AP)
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President Trump is making a lot of big moves on the energy and environment front.  Last week, he green-lighted the Keystone XL Pipeline out of Canada after it was stopped by the Obama administration.  Tomorrow, he is slated to sign a big executive order pushing domestic oil, coal and gas and reversing the Obama Clean Power Plan.  We want to look at where Trump energy policy is going.

"The President has really only given the pipeline approval at the federal level," Bloomberg's Jen Dlouhy said. But more levels of approval are still needed. The final route for the Keystone XL pipeline has yet to be approved.

By environmental activist Bill McKibben's standards, however — any pipeline plan is an unnecessary and backwards-looking strategy.

"At noon time yesterday, 56 percent of the energy in the state of California came from renewables," McKibben told us. "That's the future of energy there."

Guests

Jen Dlouhy, energy and environment reporter for Bloomberg News. (@jendlouhyhc)

Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org. Distinguished scholar at Middlebury College. Author of “The End of Nature” and “Oil and Honey.” (@billmckibben)

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Bloomberg News: Keystone Foes Prepare Fight as Trump Issues Pipeline Permit — "President Donald Trump made good on his promise to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline — but the fight is far from over. Instead, it shifts to courtrooms, a Nebraska agency and congressional town hall meetings, where environmental activists and landowners have plotted ways to keep blocking the pipeline TransCanada Corp. has been trying to build for more than eight years. Just winning Nebraska regulators’ approval for Keystone XL’s route through the state could take TransCanada another six months. State and federal court battles could prolong the process."

This segment aired on March 27, 2017.

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