Donald Trump has an important message for fossil fuel executives:
“You will like me so much.”
The Republican presidential candidate touted his pro-fossil fuel agenda Thursday at the Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh. The conference brings industry heads and their government cronies together to figure out how to maintain their stranglehold on America’s energy policy.
Trump promised to do his part by removing current regulations and blocking future regulation.
On his watch, Trump said, new pipelines and fossil fuel projects would be approved.
“If I’m president, they’ll happen quickly. You’ll be amazed how quickly.”
His statements are especially troubling against the background conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The DAPL project has faced protests from Native American tribes and environmental activists across the nation.
Trump has consistently allied himself with the fossil fuel industry. Back in 2012, Trump tweeted that climate change was a hoax:
“…Invented by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
He later claimed he was joking, but his other statements on climate change are equally dismissive. In a Washington Post interview earlier this year, he said:
“I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer.”
‘No Grasp On Reality’
Environmentalists reacted with alarm to Trump’s statements at the conference. Greenpeace spokesperson Cassady Sharp said:
“Donald Trump proved again that he is an unfit leader with no grasp on reality … This man has no business dealing with America’s energy policy, and he would be a belligerent catalyst of catastrophic climate change if he were elected president.”
Rhea Suh, president of the NRDC Action Fund, called Donald Trump the fossil fuel industry’s “dream candidate” in a similar statement:
“He would ignore climate change, and allow damage to our air, land and water … And it would be a nightmare for our communities and climate.”
Can Clinton Do Better?
Trump’s rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has shown more interest in tackling climate change. Clinton pledged to take steps to ensure the U.S. produces one-third of its energy from renewable sources by 2027.
But Clinton has taken twice as much money from the fossil fuel industry as Trump, throwing her commitment to take action on climate change into doubt.
It’s disappointing that despite the overwhelming scientific evidence to support the existence of human-made climate change, many in the U.S. are still confused about the issue. Only 40 percent of Americans agree that “global climate change is a major threat.”
As Trump would say: “Sad!” Watch him contradict himself in this video, where he vows to take the oil instead of working with them:
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