Paving the path to U.S. en­ergy dom­i­nance

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

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Rick Perry, Ryan Zinke and Scott Pruitt

This week, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is host­ing “En­ergy Week” to dis­cuss with state, tribal, busi­ness and la­bor lead­ers how we can pave the path for­ward to­ward U.S. en­ergy dom­i­nance. This is a truly amaz­ing mo­ment in the en­ergy sec­tor, and Pres­i­dent Trump is seek­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on the op­por­tu­nity for the bet­ter­ment of the Amer­i­can econ­omy and our ci­ti­zens. For the first time in four decades, the en­ergy story in the United States is about be­com­ing an en­ergy ex­porter and no longer about peak re­sources or be­ing be­holden to for­eign pow­ers.

Mr. Trump wants Amer­ica to uti­lize our abun­dant do­mes­tic en­ergy re­sources and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions for good, both at home and abroad. An en­er­gy­dom­i­nant Amer­ica means a self-re­liant and se­cure na­tion, free from the geopo­lit­i­cal tur­moil of other na­tions that seek to use en­ergy as an eco­nomic weapon.

An en­ergy-dom­i­nant Amer­ica will ex­port to mar­kets around the world, in­creas­ing our global lead­er­ship and in­flu­ence. Be­com­ing en­ergy dom­i­nant means that we are get­ting gov­ern­ment out of the way so that we can share our en­ergy wealth with de­vel­op­ing na­tions. For years, Washington stood in the way of our en­ergy dom­i­nance. That changes now.

The United States has been a net en­ergy im­porter since 1953, but thanks to in­no­va­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment, we are on the brink of chang­ing this. For ex­am­ple, by 2018 the United States is ex­pected to be a net ex­porter of Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (LNG). Amer­i­can com­pa­nies can, and al­ready have, ex­ported U.S. LNG to our in­ter­na­tional trad­ing part­ners in Europe and Asia. This in­cludes China, where bi­lat­eral en­ergy trade was an im­por­tant el­e­ment of Pres­i­dent Trump and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s 100-Day Ac­tion Plan. We hope to build on that di­a­logue with other al­lies around the world who are seek­ing to buy Amer­i­can LNG.

The United States is blessed with an abun­dance of nat­u­ral re­sources, and en­ergy tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices. We are a world leader in nu­clear and re­new­able tech­nol­ogy. We can use this to our eco­nomic ad­van­tage for the bet­ter­ment of Amer­i­can fam­i­lies, work­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers. Tap­ping into our full en­ergy po­ten­tial in this coun­try will lead to ro­bust job growth and ex­pan­sion in ev­ery sec­tor of our econ­omy. From re­tail to man­u­fac­tur­ing, we can bring jobs back to Amer­ica, while con­tin­u­ing to im­prove our en­vi­ron­ment with cleaner fu­els and tech­nolo­gies.

There have al­ready been many en­ergy suc­cesses since Mr. Trump took of­fice. From au­tho­riz­ing the stalled Dakota Ac­cess and Key­stone XL pipe­lines, to re­view­ing the Clean Power Plan that threat­ens 125,000 U.S. jobs, we 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 Amer­ica to flour­ish. We are now look­ing to help, not hin­der en­ergy pro­duc­ers and job creators. These col­lec­tive ac­tions are just the be­gin­ning of our Amer­ica First en­ergy strat­egy that has us well on our way to­ward en­ergy dom­i­nance. Amer­ica is open for busi­ness and the war on Amer­i­can en­ergy is over.

This week we will also reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to clean en­ergy be­cause we be­lieve that the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion cre­ated a false choice be­tween jobs and the en­vi­ron­ment. The pres­i­dent will hear from tribal, state and lo­cal lead­ers with deep, vested in­ter­ests in achiev­ing both the job and eco­nomic growth associated with greater en­ergy pro­duc­tion, while avoid­ing the costs of ir­re­spon­si­ble environmen­tal stew­ard­ship. The bi­nary choice be­tween be­ing 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. 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.


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