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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