Trump pitches energy plans
Says Clinton wants ‘war’ on industry he will promote
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump promised to lift environmental regulations, open federal lands to oil and gas production and ease permitting for oil pipelines during a speech at a fracking conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday in which he accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to kill the energy industry.
“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 told shale industry leaders. “The shale energy revolution will unleash massive wealth for American workers and families.”
Trump cast his energy policy as part of his larger economic agenda, which includes a cut of the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, renegotiation of major trade deals and an end to many federal regulations.
Trump’s proposals would add $5.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, significantly more than Clinton’s, whose plans would increase the debt by about $200 billion over the same time, the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said in a new report.
Trump said his stance on hydraulic fracturing and coal is at odds with Clinton’s agenda, which he said would devastate the economy with added taxes and regulations. He cited Clinton’s statement earlier this year that she would “put a