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Gingrich Campaign Press Release - Gingrich Executive Order Permitting the Keystone XL Pipeline

February 07, 2012

Newt Gingrich released the following draft of an executive order permitting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The executive order is just one part of Newt Gingrich's "Day One Plan" in the 21st Century Contract with America to rapidly undo the damage caused by the Obama administration and shift our country to productivity and job creation once again.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.     Presidential Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline

(a) The Secretary of State shall reconsider the determination regarding whether the Keystone XL pipeline serves the national interest made on January 18, 2012.

(b) In making the determination required by Section 1(a), the Secretary of State shall abide by subsection 501(c) of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011, which declared the final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 2011, satisfies all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) and that no further Federal environmental review shall be required.

(c) If, following the review required by Subsection 1(a), the Secretary of State determines that the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest, she shall grant a Presidential Permit for the project.

Section 2.     General Provisions

(a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations

(b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies or entities, its officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

Newt Gingrich, Gingrich Campaign Press Release - Gingrich Executive Order Permitting the Keystone XL Pipeline Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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