by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com founder
President Trump is taking a well-deserved victory lap on his “energy dominance” policy.
Speaking at the Shale Insight conference last week in Pittsburgh, Trump recounted a number of his energy policy accomplishments that have unleashed the American energy industry.
Not only is America energy independent for the first time in generations but we are on track to be the world’s largest exporter of oil. Both crude and natural gas production are hitting record highs year after year. Coal exports are at the highest they been since 2014.
Deregulatory accomplishments spotlighted by the president included:
—Withdrawing the United States from the “fraudulent, ineffective and one-sided Paris climate accord.”
—Ending the Obama war on energy, especially policies designed to kill coal miner jobs including the Clean Power Plan, stream (over)-protection rule.
—Opening up federally owned lands and offshore areas to energy exploration and production, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans have been trying to open up since at least President Reagan’s administration.
—Greenlighting vital pipeline projects such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access.