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Donald Trump Formal Policy Address on Energy

May 27, 2016

By Paul Homewood


h/t Stewgreen





Donald Trump spoke to thousands at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota yesterday after clinching the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

Whatever else you think about him, he talked a lot of sense when it came to energy policy.

From The blog:

Today Donald J. Trump spoke to thousands at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota after clinching the GOP nomination for President of the United States. During his speech, for which he received many standing ovations, Mr. Trump took strong positions to reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production in order to create millions of new good-paying jobs, use energy production to rebuild our infrastructure and our inner cities and to reduce our debt. Mr. Trump outlined an "America First" agenda offering a significant contrast to Hillary Clinton’s "Donor First" agenda that will make the special interests rich and continue to decimate the lower and middle classes.


An America First Energy Plan

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:
•The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against seven North Dakota oil companies for the deaths of 28 birds while the Administration fast-tracked wind projects that kill more than 1 million birds a year.
•The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service abuses the Endangered Species Act to restrict oil and gas exploration.
•Adding to the pain, President Obama now proposes a $10-per-barrel tax on American-produced oil in the middle of a downturn.

At the same time President Obama lifts economic sanctions on Iran, he imposes economic sanctions on America. He has allowed this country to hit the lowest oil rig count since 1999, producing thousands of layoffs.

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:

•It would create and support more than 42,000 jobs.
•His own State Department concluded that it would be the safest pipeline ever built in the United States.
•And it would have no significant impact on the environment.
•Yet, even as he rejected this America-Canada pipeline, he made a deal that allows Iran to transport more oil through its pipeline that would have ever flowed through Keystone –with no environmental review.

President Obama has done everything he can to kill the coal industry. Here are a few of President Obama’s decrees:

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:

•He’s taken a huge percentage of the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve off the table
•Oil and natural gas production on federal lands is down 10%.
•87% of available land in the Outer Continental Shelf has been put off limits.
•Atlantic Lease sales were closed down too – despite the fact that they would create 280,000 jobs and $23.5 billion in economic activity.
•President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords – unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress. This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America.

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.
•She will escalate the war against American energy, and unleash the EPA to control every aspect of our lives.
•She declared that “we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels,” locking away trillions in American wealth.
•In March, Hillary Clinton said: “by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.” Keep in mind, shale energy production could add 2 million jobs in 7 years.

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:
•“American experts and Chinese experts will work to develop China’s natural gas resources. Imagine what it would mean for China if China unleashed its own natural gas resources so you are not dependent on foreign oil.”

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:
•American energy dominance will be declared a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.
•America has 1.5 times as much oil as the combined proven resources of all OPEC countries; we have more Natural Gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia Combined; we have three times more coal than Russia. Our total untapped oil and gas reserves on federal lands equal an estimated $50 trillion.
•We will become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests.
•At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.
•We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Cheaper energy will also boost American agriculture.
•We will get the bureaucracy out of the way of innovation, so we can pursue all forms of energy. This includes renewable energies and the technologies of the future. It includes nuclear, wind and solar energy – but not to the exclusion of other energy. The government should not pick winners and losers. Instead, it should remove obstacles to exploration. Any market has ups and downs, but lifting these draconian barriers will ensure that we are no longer at the mercy of global markets.

A Trump Administration will focus on real environmental challenges, not phony ones:
•We will reject Hillary Clinton’s poverty-expansion agenda that enriches her friends and makes everyone else poor.
•We’ll solve real environmental problems in our communities like the need for clean and safe drinking water. President Obama actually tried to cut the funding for our drinking water infrastructure – even as he pushed to increase funding for his EPA bureaucrats.
•American workers will be the ones building this new infrastructure.

Here is my 100-day action plan:
•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.
•We’re going to save the coal industry and other industries threatened by Hillary Clinton’s extremist agenda.
•I’m going to ask Trans Canada to renew its permit application for the Keystone Pipeline.
•We’re going to lift moratoriums on energy production in federal areas
•We’re going to revoke policies that impose unwarranted restrictions on new drilling technologies. These technologies create millions of jobs with a smaller footprint than ever before.
•We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.
•Any regulation that is outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers, or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped. We will also eliminate duplication, provide regulatory certainty, and trust local officials and local residents.
•Any future regulation will go through a simple test: is this regulation good for the American worker? If it doesn’t pass this test, the rule will not be approved.

  1. May 27, 2016 4:54 pm

    Whatever else I might think about him. He is making good sense about energy.

  2. May 27, 2016 4:54 pm

    Bloody brilliant!

  3. May 27, 2016 5:15 pm

    I am not his biggest fan but everything he said about energy and the environment policy was spot on, plain and simple common sense. I do believe that if he wins, whatever else he does, he will find it easy to deliver on these commitments because really the US and the ROW has no choice. What we are doing to ourselves currently is unsustainable. I suspect that building the “wall” will prove somewhat more challenging…

  4. 3x2 permalink
    May 27, 2016 6:54 pm

    Despite what some seem to think, Trump isn’t going to change the world.

    He may well backtrack in some major policy areas. But this is nothing that hasn’t happened before… Thatcher versus the bankrupt Socialist (UK) utopia back in 1980 for example.

    The whole point of democracy is that when the ‘pendulum’ has been allowed to swing too far one way (into failure) then something will come along to swing it back the other way.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing him inaugurated as the next POTUS. If one considers Obama as having moved too far left then it takes someone to come along and counter balance that nonsense.

    Only in The EU can the pendulum not swing at all. If one can’t vote against the appointed garbage then one gets appointed garbage++ next season.

    Some Americans may fear Trump becoming POTUS. To them I say … Come and join The EU. No vote you cast here will stop any policy you don’t like from becoming Law. There is no Trump here, just ‘Presidents’ that most Europeans couldn’t name if their lives depended upon it. You have democracy and we have a USSR style farce. Want to trade?

    • May 27, 2016 7:24 pm

      Actually, the United States has a “Representative Republic” and not a Democracy and we want to get back to it.

  5. May 27, 2016 7:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    And there’s more:

    Donald Trump: I’ll cancel Paris climate agreement and stop all payments to UN fund to mitigate effects of climate change worldwide

  6. Adriano permalink
    May 27, 2016 7:36 pm

    Nothing short of brilliant. If he continues in that vein greenies and socialism will be knocked for a six and we can put this self imposed recession behind us.

  7. May 27, 2016 7:45 pm

    Donald Trump makes good sense about almost everything. He knows business and he does business in most of the world. He understands these birds. He is not an ideologue, but he does understand human nature: what works and what does not work. He thoroughly understands capitalism and the benefits of it for all except those with despotic aspirations. He knows who the bad actors are and how to do end runs.

    The “establishment” has just gone silly over him. He does not fit the mold. The news media is beside itself. They did not “make” him therefore they cannot destroy him. He has no use for political correctness and doubles down on it. That is why we love him. On a growing number of issues, he is stuffing this crap back in their faces.

    He was in Charleston, WV for a pro-coal rally on May 5, just before our May 10 primary election. It was a cold, rainy night and there was a crowd of 28,000. There were ca. 14,000 tickets for inside the Civic Center and just as many issued for outside. Don’t make the mistake of thinking he is just a circus act or brainless buffoon. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and that ain’t no EAU. He is used to “getting things done” in spite of obstacles.

    Right now the WV Legislature is back in special session to try to cobble together a budget for 2017. They had a balanced one ready to vote when gov. Tomblin dropped a huge shortage bomb on them a couple of days before the end of the session. The Democrats want the “no budget” issue to run on in the fall and get the legislature back to the control they had for 83 years (but suddenly they would have you believe that all our problems came in fewer than 15 months). Obama has hit the coal states so hard that thousands of our miners are laid off, coal companies bankrupted and the economy in the toilet. This is what happens when you allow clowns such as Obama to have the keys to the car.

  8. May 27, 2016 8:23 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Hard to disagree with!

  9. May 27, 2016 9:57 pm

    I hope he has a landslide win. This will poke a sharp stick in the eyes of the corrupt, fraudulent elites running the world.

    I have a fully documented account of the way the 1% has defrauded New Zealanders using the patently fake climate crisis.

    Please share this and take the time to read the essay
    “The Turitea Wind Farm – a journey through a labyrinth of lies”

  10. Green Sand permalink
    May 27, 2016 10:15 pm

    Lawyer friend just back from the States, says put your money on him! “They love him”!

    Backing the judgement of a lawyer? Not for me, but I will watch with interest, especially the bookies, they tend to be a bit better than the polls and according to them it is getting closer:-

    But one bet I would have lost is that the BBC, yes our BBC have actually covered it!

    “Donald Trump would ‘cancel’ Paris climate deal”

    But not without finding a quote from an “Environmental advocate” and a billionaire to boot!

  11. canuck49 permalink
    May 27, 2016 10:57 pm

    Does anyone really think that Trump will be any better as POTUS than Arnold was as The Governator!!?? I sure don’t

    Two great quotes;

    “Any government powerful enough to give you everything you want is also powerful enough to take everything you have”.

    “Anyone willing to go through what it takes to be President, is thereby disqualified”.

  12. May 28, 2016 4:36 am

    Some better video links, direct link to a few moments before
    #1 1:26:20 cancel the Paris Climate Agreement
    “We are going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement
    ..and stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN Global Warming programs”

    #2 1:14:46 Paris … No way. No way
    “This [Paris] agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much our energy and how much we use, right here, in America. So, foreign bureaucrats are going to be controlling what we’re using and what we’re doing on our land in our country. No way. No way.”

    This guy doesn’t seem that he is a normal politician.
    The speech is filled with actual policies

    e.g.3 Priorities “clean Air and Clean Water” for Americans

  13. May 28, 2016 5:09 am

    OK The Crazy Bit
    #3 1:37:50 We’re Gonna Build A Wall
    “There’s one more thing we are we MUST do to make America wealthy again.
    ..and you have to be wealthy in order to be great.
    ..I’m sorry to say it ..(pause shout from crowd)
    ..Build the Wall,
    We’ll Build the Wall,
    We’ll Build the Wall, believe me
    We’re Gonna Build the Wall (pause massive applause)
    And whose gonna pay for the wall?
    (Crowd shouts ): “Mexico”
    Mexico, 100% by the way, 100%……”

    – 0. I wonder if that bit is deliberately in, to give the progressive media their sound-bite.
    Something they’ll focus on…and then not challenge other points. Once a trump voter grabs 10 Trump points he like ..he’s maybe not so worried about the media going on about the one point ‘the wall’

    – 1. He said build a wall..He didn’t say FINISH it… starting is an easy job
    – 2. And if he gets money to Mexico they might build it to keep people employed.

    Another killer point he made..
    1:44:00 I spent less…I beat-em by a lot ..
    “I’ve spent about $55m dollars ..of my own money
    But look at this, I spent less than anybody else ..and I have the best …You know I won

    So I spent less…I beat-em by a lot ..
    Isn’t that want you want for your president ? for at least a little while ?
    (massive applause) ..thankyou

    They want you to keep trusting the same people who betrayed you many times before.
    I’m prepared to kick the special interests out of Washington DC.
    ..blah blah blah.
    ..We will make America Great Again”

  14. May 28, 2016 6:02 am

    Background On Trump from Scott Adams the Dilbert has some special insight on Trump and has been talking about it for more that 1 year He claims Trump uses master hypnotism techniques, whereas media think he is stupid. (h/t @SimonW March 11th)
    Useful Scott Adams video explaining Trump’s master skills
    Scott Adams series of blogposts explaining Trump’s

  15. gallopingcamel permalink
    May 28, 2016 5:17 pm

    Drill baby, drill!

    With the exception of Barack Hussein Obama every American president since Richard Nixon has promised to reduce our dependence on foreign oil:

    Maybe this time it will happen.

  16. The Old Bloke permalink
    May 28, 2016 9:18 pm

    You do not have to use bricks to build a “wall”.

  17. May 31, 2016 9:05 pm


    I like it.

  18. June 1, 2016 1:01 am

    Thank you Roger for publishing this. In anything that is talked about by the left, it is necessary to know exactly what was said. The NYT article from Friday about the support for vets was soooooo wrong. When you hear or read what the Don says, he makes sense. He is called a Xenophobe because he wants to prevent un-vetted Muslims from entering the country that have a high probability of being ISIS terrorists. Even Obama’s top security people say they cannot vet people who have no documentation. ISIS is known to have a “Passport Machine” that can print out very official looking documents. So what is Obama doing and what will Hillary do? They will, and already have, import ISIS terrorists. Intentional? I think so. The reason? Maybe they hate the US. Can’t really say but they have been told how dangerous the policy is and are doing it anyway. Just like the failed Fast and Furious.

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