Donald Trump: Build the Keystone XL and end ‘unnecessary’ oil regulations
Donald Trump says he knows a thing or two about dealmaking (he wrote the Art of the Deal, remember?), and he feels Barack Obama has done a poor job keeping the oil industry in tip top shape.
During the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference with 7,700 North Dakotans, Trump promised the oil-rich region he'd approve the Keystone XL pipeline which Obama vetoed (it would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to Houston, Texas), undo Obama's cuts of US emissions, and eliminate regulations on oil companies.
“Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely. We’re going to do all this while taking proper regard for rational environmental concerns.”
(BTW, the Keystone XL pipeline recently LEAKED.)
He also told the audience he wanted the US to be energy independent and less dependent on foreign oil. The US wouldn't be coerced "to be begging for oil again" if he's president, Trump said.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 26, 2016
But, fact check, that isn't the case. US oil production has actually improved dramatically under Obama.
I know facts are irrelevant but US oil imports have dropped from >11M bpd to <5M bpd under Obama. https://t.co/mYDITY2Uwl
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) May 26, 2016
This is the first real time Trump has put forth his energy plan, so environmentalists, like the Sierra Club, are incredibly worried about the impacts--especially Trump's plan to end the Paris Climate Deal.
4 days after a 120,000 gallon oil & wastewater spill in ND, Trump says he wants fewer rules for big oil in ND. pic.twitter.com/H6SiRrYG7y
— Sierra Club (@sierraclub) May 27, 2016
Trump also took the opportunity on Thursday to attack Hillary Clinton's energy plan, who along with Bernie Sanders, wants to turn away from fossil fuels.
“Hillary Clinton’s agenda is job destruction."
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Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.