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Trump pledges ‘energy revolution’


Donald Trump promised Monday to bring about an “energy revolution” if he is elected president.

In a speech laying out his economic agenda, the Republican nominee contrasted his plans with what he framed as the destructive policies from President Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

{mosads}”Clinton not only embraces President Obama’s job-killing energy restrictions, but wants to expand them, including going after oil and natural gas production that employs some 10 million Americans,” Trump said.

“According to the Heritage Foundation, by 2030 … the Obama-Clinton energy restrictions will eliminate another half a million manufacturing jobs, reduce economic output by $2.5 trillion and reduce incomes by $7,000 per person. A Trump administration would end this war on the American worker and unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.”

Most of the Trump proposals on energy echoed a May speech focused on energy.

Trump has pledged to undo major pieces of Obama’s environmental agenda, including all of his climate policies and the Paris climate agreement reached last year.

He cited predictions from the fossil-fuel-backed Institute for Energy Research that enacting various conservative energy policies would grow the economy by more than $100 billion annually, create more than 500,000 jobs a year and grow wages by over $30 billion in seven years.

“As a result of recent Obama EPA actions, coal-fired plants across Michigan have either shut down entirely or undergone expensive conversions, making them non-competitive in many cases. The Obama-Clinton war on coal has cost Michigan over 50,000 jobs,” he said.

“We will put our coal miners and our steelworkers back to work, where they want to be.”

Trump said every agency under his administration would have to make a list of regulations that are unnecessary and do not protect public health, and that those regulations would be repealed.

In a fact sheet accompanying the speech, Trump’s campaign said he would repeal all “job-killing” Obama energy actions, including the climate rules and the Clean Water Rule. The fact sheet Trump would also make more waters available for offshore oil and natural gas drilling and end the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal-mining leases on federal land.

The League of Conservation Voters slammed Trump’s energy platform, calling it “Big Polluters First,” a play on his “America First” slogan.

“The policies he’s espoused — ending regulations, cutting the EPA and attacking the Clean Power Plan — as well as naming billionaire oil executive Harold Hamm as one of his economic advisors, shows that Trump is happy to give away our clean air and water to Big Polluters in the oil and gas industry with no regard for the damage they will do,” Clay Schroers, the group’s national campaigns director, said in a statement.

“By offering fossil fuel special interests a blank check under his presidency, Trump has again proven he does not have the temperament, character, or judgment to be in the White House.”

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