“And if Crooked Hillary can shut down the mines, she can shut down your business too.”
“These actions have denied millions of Americans access to the energy wealth sitting under our feet. This is your treasure, and you – the American People – are entitled to share in the riches.”
“We’re going to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”
On May 26, Donald Trump gave his first major energy speech. It advocates a rollback of the energy statism of President Obama, which would continue under Hillary Clinton (but not Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for President).
There is much to like in Trump’s agenda, and nothing better than calling the bluff of the climate alarmists who profess to want to save the climate but have a variety of other agendas at work. The emperor is truly wearing no clothes in the climate tiff.
His energy speech follows. I offer some minor criticisms at the end.
I’m delighted to be in North Dakota, a state at the forefront of a new energy revolution.
Oil and natural gas production is up significantly in the last decade. Our oil imports have been cut in half. But all this occurred in spite of massive new bureaucratic and political barriers. President Obama has done everything he can to get in the way of American energy. He’s made life much more difficult for North Dakota, as costly regulation makes it harder and harder to turn a profit.
If Hillary Clinton is in charge, things will get much worse. She will shut down energy production across this country. Millions of jobs, and trillions of dollars of wealth, will be destroyed as a result. That is why our choice this November is so crucial.
Here’s what it comes down to. Wealth versus poverty. North Dakota shows how energy exploration creates shared prosperity. Better schools. More funding for infrastructure. Higher wages. Lower unemployment. Things we’ve been missing.
It’s a choice between sharing in this great energy wealth, or sharing in the poverty promised by Hillary Clinton.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to Hillary Clinton’s own words. She has declared war on the American worker. Here is what Hillary Clinton said earlier this year: “We are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of work.” She wants to shut down the coal mines.
And if Crooked Hillary can shut down the mines, she can shut down your business too.
Let me tell you how President Obama Undermined Our Middle Class
President Obama’s stated intent is to eliminate oil and natural gas production in America.
His policy is death by a thousand cuts through an onslaught of regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency’s use of totalitarian tactics forces energy operators in North Dakota into paying unprecedented multi-billion dollar fines before a penalty is even confirmed.
Government misconduct goes on and on:
America’s incredible energy potential remains untapped. It is a totally self-inflicted wound.
Under my presidency, we will accomplish complete American energy independence. Imagine a world in which our foes, and the oil cartels, can no longer use energy as a weapon. But President Obama has done everything he can to keep us dependent on others.
Let me list some of the good energy projects he killed.
He rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline despite the fact that:
Regulations that shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and block the construction of new ones. A prohibition against coal production on federal land. Draconian climate rules that, unless stopped, would effectively bypass Congress to impose job-killing cap-and-trade.
President Obama has aggressively blocked the production of oil & natural gas:
These actions have denied millions of Americans access to the energy wealth sitting under our feet. This is your treasure, and you – the American People – are entitled to share in the riches. President Obama’s anti-energy orders have also weakened our security, by keeping us reliant on foreign sources of energy. Every dollar of energy we don’t explore here, is a dollar of energy that makes someone else rich over there. If President Obama wanted to weaken America he couldn’t have done a better job.
As bad as President Obama is, Hillary Clinton will be worse.
Yet, while Hillary Clinton doesn’t want American energy, she is strongly in favor of foreign energy. Here is what she told China as Secretary of State:
Hillary Clinton has her priorities wrong. But we are going to turn all of that around.
A Trump Administration will develop an America First energy plan. Here is how this plan will make America Wealthy Again:
A Trump Administration will focus on real environmental challenges, not phony ones:
Here is my 100-day action plan:
Policy decisions will be public and transparent. They won’t be made on Hillary’s private email account.
We’re going to do all this while taking proper regard for rational environmental concerns. We are going to conserve our beautiful natural habitats, reserves and resources. In a Trump Administration, political activists with extreme agendas will no longer write the rules. Instead, we will work with conservationists whose only agenda is protecting nature. From an environmental standpoint, my priorities are very simple: clean air and clean water.
My America First energy plan will do for the American People what Hillary Clinton will never do: create real jobs and real wage growth. According to the Institute for Energy Research, lifting the restrictions on American energy will create a flood of new jobs:
The oil and natural gas industry supports 10 million high-paying Americans jobs and can create another 400,000 new jobs per year. This exploration will also create a resurgence in American manufacturing — dramatically reducing both our trade deficit and our budget deficit. Compare this future to Hillary Clinton’s Venezuela-style politics of poverty.
“Energy Independence,” as the term “Energy Security,” is nebulous and ready for the scrap heap. The guiding principle should be minimal regulation and open competition between domestic energy, energy throughout the Americas, and the rest of the world.
Perhaps Trump should state market-based energy independence to signify that the best security with strategic minerals and virtually every other good or service is a free-market at home.