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June 30, 2017

High-Energy Trump

With the Leftmedia distracted by his Twitter account, the president made a major announcement on energy policy.

President Donald Trump is at his best when he’s pushing for American greatness. Thursday, it was on energy policy. While the Leftmedia was distracted by his Twitter account, Trump was making a big speech announcing big energy initiatives. “My administration will seek not only American energy independence that we’ve been looking for for so long,” he promised, “but American energy dominance.” How? With a six-pronged approach.

Trump listed the steps: “First, we will begin to revive and expand our nuclear energy sector. … Second, the Department of the Treasury will address barriers to the financing of highly efficient, overseas coal energy plants. … Third, my administration has just approved the construction of a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico. … Fourth, just today, a major U.S. company, Sempra Energy, signed an agreement to begin negotiations for the sale of more American natural gas to South Korea. … Fifth, the United States Department of Energy is announcing today that it will approve two long-term applications to export additional natural gas from the Lake Charles [liquefied natural gas] terminal in Louisiana. … Finally, in order to unlock more energy from the 94% of offshore [area] closed to development … we’re creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program.”

After eight years of obstruction and regulation of energy production, these changes are welcome indeed. It’s not that solar and wind energy aren’t worth pursuing, but they haven’t lived up to the hype and shouldn’t be chased to the exclusion of proven energy sources. And Trump’s attitude is especially welcome: “This vast energy wealth does not belong to the government,” he said. “It belongs to the people of the United States of America.”

Now there’s something you’d never hear from the previous “You Didn’t Build That” administration.

Earlier this week, Trump’s EPA rolled back Obama’s clean water power grab. At the beginning of June, he withdrew from the Paris climate accords. And in March, he approved the long-obstructed Keystone pipeline. America is already experiencing an oil boom, and Trump’s market-driven energy policies are only going to expand it.

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