Trump’s National Security Plan: Energy Dominance, Not Climate Change

President Donald Trump’s administration prioritizes U.S. “energy dominance” through promoting exports, innovation and cutting regulations, according to the federal government’s National Security Strategy. Trump’s strategy no longer lists global warming as a national security concern. “Energy dominance—America’s central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator—ensures that markets are free and U.S. infrastructure is resilient and secure,” reads the document. Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 18 December 2017

The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.” Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist, 16 December 2017

With gas supplies crippled amid a freezing winter by the shutdown of a major pipeline, the UK has apparently turned to a Russian project targeted by US sanctions, with reports indicating that a deal was struck for a shipment of gas by the end of December. Ironically, the Christophe de Margerie which might now be carrying gas to the UK was loaded at the personal command of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Russia Today, 14 December 2017

You name it — crude oil, gasoline, diesel, propane and even liquefied natural gas — all were shipped abroad at a record pace. While the surge comes many years after the shale boom started, it can be traced straight back to the growth of horizontal drilling and fracking. U.S. exports are poised to expand even further, as the fear of peak oil supply has all but vanished just as a new demand threat emerges in the form of electric vehicles. Bloomberg, 12 December 2017

Anti-fracking protest camps in two areas of the country have been infiltrated by violent criminals, drug users, wild conspiracy theorists and ‘professional’ political activists, a Mail on Sunday investigation reveals today. David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 17 December 2017

For all the new wind parks, solar farms and hydro plants that will help Europe’s biggest economy generate yet another renewable energy record this year, the world’s dirtiest power fuel still rules in Germany and sets the price for how much factories are paying for electricity. Bloomberg, 18 December 2017

Germany’s foreign minister and former SPD head Sigmar Gabriel says his party should focus less on environmental and climate protection and instead emphasize topics that concern its traditional voting bloc, such as industrial job security and upholding Germany’s cultural principles. Clean Energy Wire, 18 December 2017

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    Industrial activity and a clean environment are NOT mutually exclusive. However, if someone insists that CO2 is pollution, industry will move to another part of the world, where environmental standards lag ours. If people here don’t wise up in the voting booth, our standard of living will be whatever liberals decide it should be.

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