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The Impact Of Trump’s Latest Executive Orders On Texas? Not Much, Expert Says

President Donald Trump used a recent visit to the Houston area to sign executive orders aimed at making it easier to build pipelines.

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Praveen Kumar, executive director of the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute at the University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business, says the executive orders President Trump signed in Crosby are not really helping the oil and gas industry in Texas.


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This week, President Donald Trump visited the Houston area and signed two executive orders aimed at making it easier for companies to build oil and gas pipelines.

He chose an operating engineers union facility in Crosby to sign those orders.

But Praveen Kumar, executive director of the University of Houston's Gutierrez Energy Management Institute, said he doesn't think the orders really help the industry in Houston or Texas.

Kumar said one of the executive orders instructs federal agencies to give guidance to states in speeding up pipeline construction.

"The particular guidance is given to states when they're evaluating the interstate pipeline transmission for the sake of the quality of water or water safety in their states," he said.

Kumar said that is not an issue for oil and gas transport between the Permian Basin and Gulf Coast refineries, for example.

"I see that more as a political statement rather than necessarily an economic statement," he said. "One hypothesis would be that this was done to reinforce the narrative that President Trump and his administration are very friendly to the energy industry."

Doing this in the "energy capital of the country" helps that narrative, Kumar said.

Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Praveen Kumar.

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