Paving the path to U.S. en­ergy dom­i­nance

‘En­ergy Week’ high­lights the role of Amer­i­can re­sources in se­cur­ing pros­per­ity

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY - Rick Perry is sec­re­tary of the En­ergy De­part­ment. Ryan Zinke is sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior De­part­ment. Scott Pruitt is ad­min­is­tra­tor of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

are end­ing the bu­reau­cratic block­ade that has hin­dered Amer­i­can en­ergy cre­ation. We have also au­tho­rized LNG ex­port per­mits and ended the war on coal by ex­pung­ing the coal-leas­ing mora­to­rium on new leases for coal min­ing on fed­eral lands. Our en­ergy re­sources, es­pe­cially those on pub­lic lands, have been locked up far too long, prevent­ing the en­ergy econ­omy pro-econ­omy and pro-en­vi­ron­ment that was per­pet­u­ated by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion set up a false ar­gu­ment. We can do good for both, and we will.

It is im­por­tant to note that the United States al­ready leads the world in low­er­ing emis­sions. We have seen the fruits of clean tech­nol­ogy like car­bon cap­ture, uti­liza­tion and stor­age in the United States. For ex­am­ple, the Pe­tra Nova fa­cil­ity in Texas uses a process to re­move 90 per­cent of the car­bon diox­ide af­ter coal is burned to gen­er­ate en­ergy in a clean way and then uses the cap­tured car­bon diox­ide for en­hanced oil re­cov­ery. In­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy like this is what will clean up the en­vi­ron­ment, not bad deals for the Amer­i­can peo­ple like the Paris Agree­ment. We will build on that suc­cess. In­stead of preach­ing about clean en­ergy, this ad­min­is­tra­tion will act on it.

We be­lieve no clean en­ergy port­fo­lio is truly com­plete with­out nu­clear power. If want to see the en­vi­ron­ment and the cli­mate that we live in af­fected in a pos­i­tive way, you must in­clude nu­clear en­ergy with its zero emis­sions in your port­fo­lio. Do it safe, do it thought­fully, and do it eco­nom­i­cally. Un­der U.S. lead­er­ship, the world can do that. This ad­min­is­tra­tion be­lieves that nu­clear en­ergy devel­op­ment will be a game changer and im­por­tant player in the devel­op­ment of our clean en­ergy port­fo­lio glob­ally.

The im­pli­ca­tions of be­com­ing en­ergy dom­i­nant are pro­found. Un­der Pres­i­dent Trump’s lead­er­ship, we will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for a broad “all of the above” en­ergy port­fo­lio to al­low the United States to achieve en­ergy in­de­pen­dence, dra­mat­i­cally re­duce our trade deficits, and cre­ate jobs be­yond the 6.4 mil­lion Amer­i­cans cur­rently em­ployed in the sec­tor.

We look for­ward to hear­ing from Amer­i­cans this week about how we can best move for­ward to re­duce un­nec­es­sary gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion and bu­reau­cracy to pro­mote jobs and eco­nomic growth in the en­ergy sec­tor. For years they have been over­reg­u­lated by Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who be­lieved they knew best. The lec­tur­ing is over, now it is time to lis­ten to those who are de­liv­er­ing on real out­comes.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY LINAS GARSYS

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