In North Dakota on Thursday night, soon-to-be GOP nominee Donald Trump at his rally announced a new energy plan under his possible presidency entitled “America First.” The plan promotes oil, natural gas and coal for the country’s future, while also being about helping the fossil fuel sector and eliminating the “job-killing” policies from the Obama administration.
“American energy dominance will be declared a strategic, economic and foreign policy goal of the United States,” Trump said in the speech in Bismarck, N.D. “It’s about time. We will become and stay totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our [Persian] Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy. We’ll work with them because we have to knock out terrorism.”
Trump also will reopen talks about establishing the Keystone XL oil pipeline through America’s central states. Trump then lambasted Obama for energy and environmental policies he says handcuffed the American energy industry. He then also attacked Hillary Clinton’s plan to impose a strict test for future hydraulic fracturing and would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” with her proposed environmental policies, a statement she later apologized for.
“November’s presidential election is a choice between sharing in this great energy wealth or sharing the poverty promised by Hillary Clinton. Obama has done everything he can to get in the way of American energy, for whatever reason. If ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton is in charge, things will get much worse, believe me,” Trump said to applause.
While Trump also vowed to create his energy policies based off the benefit of the American worker and his/her job, he also further established he will implement measures to keep water and air quality clean.