Trump Executive Order Labels “Improving U.S. Electric Grid” as “High Priority Infrastructure Project”

Moving forward, in part, on a campaign promise to adopt an infrastructure plan to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure,” today President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” Notably, the order states: it is the policy of the executive branch to streamline and expedite, in a manner consistent with law, environmental reviews and approvals for all infrastructure projects, especially projects that are a high priority for the Nation, such as improving the U.S. electric grid and telecommunications systems and repairing and upgrading critical port facilities, airports, pipelines, bridges, and highways. Most of President Trump’s pre and post-election rhetoric on infrastructure, including his Inaugural Address, focused solely on transportation infrastructure without mention of the power grid.

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