Improving U.S. ‘Energy Infrastructure’ Rises Up Political Agenda

The term “energy infrastructure” has found its way into the headlines recently, spurred in part by President Donald Trump’s executive orders to advance the long-delayed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil and gas pipelines. On January 24, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure package that contains $100 billion for “energy infrastructure” projects. A 2016 survey of American voters even found that 80 percent support increased energy infrastructure. So what, exactly, is energy infrastructure? Is it limited to pipelines? Power plants?

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