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President Trump stood in front of an audience of operating engineers in Crosby, Texas, on Wednesday and promised to make it easier for them to lay pipe.

“Nobody in the world can do what you folks do,” Trump said to applause from the assembled crowd. “And we’re going to make it easier for you.”

After speaking at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, Trump signed two executive orders aiming to make it easier for companies to build oil and gas pipeline projects — and harder for states to block them.

“Republican lawmakers and energy groups have long accused blue states of blocking pipeline projects using a section of the Clean Water Act,” NPR’s Nathan Rott reports for our Newscast unit. “One of Trump’s executive orders will aim to weaken that power. Whether that actually happens will remain to be seen. Executive orders only do so much — and lawsuits are sure to follow.”

Trump’s pipeline orders mark his latest effort to push for infrastructure projects his administration says will “unleash American energy.”

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