Trump calls for pipe­line un­der Mex­ico wall

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolf­gang

Pres­i­dent Trump on Thurs­day said he’s ap­proved a new petroleum pipe­line to Mex­ico as part of a broader plan to ex­port Amer­i­can en­ergy around the world.

“It’ll go right un­der the wall,” Mr. Trump said of the new pipe­line dur­ing a speech at the Depart­ment of En­ergy.

His ad­dress co­in­cides with the White House’s “En­ergy Week,” and the pres­i­dent used Thurs­day’s event to an­nounce sev­eral new ini­tia­tives that he says are key to eco­nomic growth and kick-start­ing a “golden era of Amer­i­can en­ergy.”

Mr. Trump or­dered a whole­sale re­view of U.S. nu­clear en­ergy pol­icy, and di­rected the Trea­sury to re­view pos­si­ble fi­nanc­ing of over­seas power-gen­er­a­tion plants that run on Amer­i­can coal.

He also said the Depart­ment of En­ergy will ap­prove two ap­pli­ca­tions to ex­port liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas from fa­cil­i­ties in Louisiana, and di­rected the In­te­rior Depart­ment to cre­ate a new off­shore oil-and-gas leas­ing pro­gram to over­see all en­ergy ex­plo­ration off Amer­ica’s coasts.

Those steps and oth­ers, the pres­i­dent said, will high­light how dra­mat­i­cally the coun­try’s en­ergy for­tunes have changed.

“Many of us re­mem­ber the long gas lines and the con­stant claims that the world was run­ning out of oil and nat­u­ral gas,” he said.

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