Republican Party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his energy and environmental policy, which involves reviving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project and rejecting the 2015 Paris climate agreements.
Speaking on Thursday, before addressing a petroleum conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, Trump was open to approve the construction of Keystone XL, which was rejected by President Barack Obama’s government in November 2015 due to its environmental impact, EFE news reported.
“I want it built, I want a piece of the profits for the US. That’s how we make our country rich again,” Trump said, adding “a better deal” is necessary for making America great again.
According to Trump, the US deserves a part of the profits since “the country is making it possible”.
The pipeline would cross the country from oil wells in Canada to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.
Trump also said he was in favour of “cancelling” the environmental agreements of the Paris Convention held last year, which were signed by more than 170 countries on April 22 in New York.
He also said that he would “withdraw” all US funds for the United Nations which have to do with climate change.
Earlier, the Real-estate mogul has exceeded the minimum number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, media reports said on Thursday.
By securing 1,238 delegates, one more than the magic number required, Trump has wrapped up victory in the Republican primary season and avoided a contested convention that some of his political enemies within the Grand Old Party had been seeking, EFE news reported.
The candidate was pushed over the top when a small group of unbound delegates said they would support him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, according to media reports.
Trump is expected to further add to his delegate count after June 7 primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.