Donald Trump Details ‘America-First’ Energy Plan

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Shale Insight Conference, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump detailed his energy plan, which he previously mentioned during his speech on the economy at the Detroit Economic Club in August, on Thursday in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

“I am going to lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities – including right here in Pennsylvania,” Trump stated while speaking to more than 1,000 gas industry experts.

Citing the Institute for Energy Research, Trump suggested that lifting energy restrictions such as shale production would produce more than 500,000 new jobs every year and raise the GDP by more than $100 billion each year.

He also says lifting the restrictions would raise wages over the next seven years, increase tax revenues, and generate economic activity.

Trump promised to unlock “shale oil and gas, and the energy technologies of both today and tomorrow.”

He continued:

We have just begun, as a nation, to recognize our economic advantage that is made possible by shale energy. The Shale Energy Revolution will unleash massive wealth for American workers and families.

He presented an “America-First” energy plan by opening oil and gas production on federal lands and off shore. He said he would revoke policies that restrict innovative technologies.

The Republican nominee suggested his “energy revolution” would create an increased demand for steel production as well.

Speaking near coal country, Trump also promised to end the war on coal.

“I will rescind the coal mining lease moratorium, the excessive Interior Department stream rule, and conduct a top-down review of all anti-coal regulations issued by the Obama Administration,” he vowed.

Trump also said he would eliminate the “Waters of the US” rule “and scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan – these unilateral plans will increase monthly electric bills by double-digits without any measurable improvement in climate.”

“I will refocus the EPA on its core mission of ensuring clean air, and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans,” he explained.

“My environmental agenda will be guided by true specialists in conservation, not those with radical political agendas,” Trump concluded. “It will be a future of conservation, of prosperity, and of great success.”


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