The Trump Administration Opens America’s ENERGY Floodgates

by | Oct 30, 2019 |

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Speaking at last week’s 9th annual SHALE INSIGHT™ conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said, “We’ve ended the war on American energy, and we’ve ended the economic assault on our wonderful energy workers.
The president is right. The costly war on energy that hurt America’s vital energy producers and cost American workers their jobs is finally over. Even Trump’s opponents would be hard pressed to say that they are not enjoying the energy windfall set in motion these past three years. This has been a result of the fulfillment of promises made by the president well before his election. Here is a sample of Trump’s record of promises made and promised kept in energy related fields:

  • Except for residents of California, who travel a path radically different than the nation as a whole, we are all enjoying a renaissance at the gas pump. For years, watching the cost of a fill-up rise and rise had become a painful experience. Today, a widespread 30% reduction in that payment brings sighs of relief. As we discussed in “The End of Oil Shocks,” our October 3 article in America Out Loud, this is largely a result of a 40% increase in U.S. oil supplies in the past three years (3.65 million barrels per day rise since the end of 2016). 
  • By rolling back the job killing regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, which nearly destroyed the coal industry, the nation has begun to reduce our dependence on foreign imports, especially those from unstable nations or those that may not have America’s best interests at heart. The Energy Information Administration reports that:

“In 1977…OPEC [Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries] nations were the source of 70% of total U.S. petroleum imports. … In 2018, OPEC’s share of total U.S. petroleum imports was about 29% [and] about 16% of U.S. petroleum imports came from Persian Gulf countries… Canada was the source of 15% of U.S. petroleum imports in 1994 and 43% in 2018 [Saudi Arabia now supplies only 9% of U.S. imports].”

  • Trump has taking the U.S. out of the fraudulent, ineffective Paris Agreement on climate change intended to extort 3 trillion dollars from the American taxpayer. Complying with the Agreement would have put American jobs at risk for no meaningful impact on the Earth’s thermostat.
  • The president has reopened federal land and offshore areas for energy exploration and production. He completed the effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) for exploration and development. It was held up for 40 years by lies about its environmental impact even though the oil reserves are located on barren tundra-like land.
  • The United States is now the world leader in oil and natural gas production. Both reached record highs last year and are projected to break those records in 2019. We have seen increased exports of both coal (last year, coal exports reached their highest level in 5 years) and oil (which is now averaging a record 2.8 million barrels per day). The oil expansion has been significantly helped by the president’s ability to clear the way for previously embargoed projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline. He has also expedited the federal permitting process for other infrastructure projects.

Trump’s agenda is clearly resulting in a boom in energy production and manufacturing while keeping domestic energy prices low in most of the country. 

Sadly, there is little doubt that all the candidates attempting to unseat the present administration in 2020, if successful, will quickly attempt to undo the aforementioned efforts to open our energy floodgates.

For the time being, however, we have at least another year to enjoy Trump’s agenda which promises America’s energy dominance, unleashing our potential by revitalizing local economies that provide thousands of new jobs and improving the quality of life for all Americans.
Trump concluded at the conference “I promised that, as president, I’d unleash American energy like never before, because our natural resources do not belong to government, they belong to the people of this country. “
It is a welcome change from politics as usual that the president continues to do precisely what he says he is doing. His complete speech at the shale conference may be read here. 

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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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Dave James
Dave James
2 years ago

Mr. Tom Harris and Dr. Jay Lehr are obstinately members of a climate science organization, however, this opinion piece reads like a PR from either the Trump re-election campaign and/or the pro-Trump, pro-fossil fuel Heartland Institute. Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris have an agenda but it has nothing to do with science.
Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris praise President Trump stating he is a “…welcome change from politics as usual that the president continues to do precisely what he says he is doing.” However despite Trump’s repeated promises as a candidate and as president that he would bring back the dying coal industry, more plants have closed during his first two years in office than during former President Obama’s entire first term. Just yesterday, Murray Energy, one of the nation’s largest producers of coal, has filed for bankruptcy. The U.S. coal industry is in big trouble. This year alone, eight companies have filed for bankruptcy protection. (Source “U.S. Coal Bankruptcies Reveal The Future Of Alberta Tar Sands” Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, regulations of the “Clean Power Plan” where never put into effect. Coal cannot compete with cleaner and cheaper sources of energy like natural gas and renewable energy.
Regulations under the Obama era Clean Power Plan were never put into effect, yet Mr. Harris and Dr. Lehr blame the Clean Power Plan for destroying the coal industry. They ignore the fact that coal cannot compete with cheaper and cleaner sources of energy like natural gas and wind power.
Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris assert “Trump’s agenda is clearly resulting in a boom in energy production and manufacturing…” However, manufacturing is the smallest share of U.S. Economy in 72 Years. Because of Mr. Trump policies, manufacturing has plunged into recession and is threatening to pull down other sectors of America’s economy. (Source “Manufacturing is now officially in recession, despite Trump’s vow to boost industry” By Don Lee, Oct 11, 2019, Los Angeles Times.)

Tom Harris
2 years ago

I stopped reading when Mr. James wrote, “Mr. Tom Harris and Dr. Jay Lehr are obstinately members of a climate science organization” since it is his usual attack stuff. Good to see he takes our writing seriously enough to quickly post against us.

Dave James
Dave James
Reply to  Tom Harris
2 years ago

Mr. Tom Harris states he did not read comments because he has no rational reply. Mr. Harris knows open and honest discussion of his opinion piece will only further undermine his agenda.
Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris are not the greatest advocates of open and honest debate. Mr. Harris and Dr. Lehr praised Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue for the government refusing publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change. According to Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris, “Happily, President Trump remembers his high school science well enough to recognize that this is nonsense and, accordingly, he has stopped the publishing of the agriculture department’s press releases of fraudulent science.” (Source “Agriculture Secretary Perdue Right to Put the Lid on Alarmist Announcements” By Dr. Jay Lehr & Tom Harris, July 30th, 2019, America Out Loud)

Dave James
Dave James
2 years ago

My auto correct changed “ostensibly” or “obstinately.”
Mr. Tom Harris and Dr. Jay Lehr are ostensibly members of a climate science organization, however, this opinion piece reads like a PR from either the Trump re-election campaign and/or the pro-Trump, pro-fossil fuel Heartland Institute. Dr. Lehr and Mr. Harris have an agenda but it has nothing to do with science.

Tom Harris
2 years ago

This Disqus profile – https://disqus.com/by/disqus_JzQ88MTX2I/following/ – shows that since March 31, 2016, Mr. James has made 4,180 comments. Here is a sample of some of his many, many posts apparently trying to discredit my writings in online article comment sections: https://www.google.ca/search?site=&source=hp&q=%22Tom+Harris%22+%22Dave+James%22&gws_rd=cr&ei=nyGDWefuDavcjwSb-oK4DA . I already explained to Mr. James that many of his points are either wrong or misleading . I will not waste any more time explaining this to him, unless other people bring up the same or similar questions.

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