People on news sites have constantly questioned how President Trump plans to move forward on several issues of concern. Liberals have as usual made a great deal out of not having a syllabus of thousands of pages of game plan to draw from.
Had anyone taken the time to really read his “greatagain site” or today his White House site on the issues they may have been less outraged or stirred by off-the-chart hyped fear. The greatagain site had a lot of possibilities and now it appears these are becoming realities as the new administration settles in.
The same anxiety and questions have arisen for every president at the beginning of his first term. No one really knows at that moment what to believe or anticipate happening. Only time, commitment, congressional actions, and results can answer the questions realistically.
An America First Energy Plan
“Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.”
How does he plan to accomplish this?
President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.
What about energy independence?
Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own.
How will we pay for infrastructure without creating more massive debt?
We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.
What about the coal industry? What about its effect on our environment?
The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.
What other reason does President Trump have to want to push domestic energy production?
Boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests.
What about our existing foreign energy partners, won’t they become concerned about loss of income?
We will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.
What about the destruction of our environment and fears of pollution?
Our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.
What one sentence sums up President Trump’s understanding of “America First Energy”?
A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health.
So there you have it, an overall view of where Trump plans to take the country on energy independence. I know I can hear the roaring in the tree limbs of the winds of angst by the liberals. Saving our environment and providing jobs and energy are not mutually exclusive. Deep water oil rigs, when run efficiently and with extreme safety in mind, have become great reefs for underwater denizens.
Energy production with proper controls and oversight have functioned fairly well for nearly a century when both the industry companies and the locations are held to higher standards. Empowering responsibility for all of this is needed as is requiring and overseeing strict guidelines to prevent bullying and abuses by businesses who have not met quality standards or are using bribery or corruption to attain their goals.
Congress members should have no place in the process on an individual basis except as the state has determined. Taking bribes and budding up to lobbyists or other congress members for favors need to be stopped.
Clean up operations and contracts that return the lands to pristine conditions have to be a part of any industry, not just energy. Providing for local conditions and habitats can be achieved within reason. And, we can still provide energy and desperately needed employment opportunities for every phase of operation from planning to clean up.
We simply HAVE to work together. Environmentalists, inventors, scientists, businesses, and local authorities need to listen to concerns and work together. Locals and their representatives need to be given a chance to consider long-term implications and suggest ways to accomplish the goal with minimum disruption and stress. Encouraging innovation, upgrading of facilities, and adding cleaner, less intrusive, and dangerous forms of energy to current sources is also an important need. We can no longer afford to rely heavily on any one energy source, logistically we would soon deplete it. Just as important is long-term planning and goals to prevent leaving nothing but a ravaged landscape behind.
The EPA itself needs to be sternly reminded that they are quite capable of mishandling issues as we have seen many times recently. From horrific waterway spills to land pollution, businesses and government share equally in responsibility for abuses and miscalculations which caused damages from screw ups.
President Trump, at least for now, has a mission, goals, objectives and a positive action plan he wants to accomplish. Others have come in with more vague overall ideas but no positive markers listed for everyone from day one; yet somehow managed over their terms in office to appear to spend more time finding ways to get out of responsibility for actions, produce masses of paperwork full of legally pompous words signifying little, reams of regulations, and hefty or full bank accounts for themselves and their buddies.
It was encouraging that from the hour after his inauguration, President Trump has been about the duties he took on and the oath he swore, not to the DC crowd but by his own acknowledgement in his inaugural address to the American public whom he believes he serves first and foremost.
Just to put this beginning in historical perspective for those who like trivia facts:
1- President Reagan’s main goal upon first becoming president was to reduce the size of the federal government but budget deficits created a huge national debt. First days he focused on economic issues.
2- President GW Bush spoke of using traditional conservative ideas, such as small government and free-market principles, to accomplish social goods and help those in need. In first five days he settled into a quickly renovated office, planned a trip to Mexico and his aides began work on education proposal and a trillion-dollar tax cut proposal.
3- Bill Clinton began by promising to focus on the economic needs of the nation: unemployment, the runaway deficit, the health care crisis, and welfare reform. During first days, he signed an order overturning Reagan and Bush-era restrictions on abortions, named First Lady Hillary Clinton to head the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, and signed the Family and Medical Leave Act.
4- Jimmy Carter began by promising to eliminate the trappings of the “Imperial Presidency”. First day in office he issued an executive order declaring unconditional amnesty for Vietnam War-era draft evaders. He reduced the size of the staff by one-third and put the presidential yacht up for sale.
5- President Obama’s mandate was to revive the economy and withdraw from Iraq. During his first days, he held meeting on Iraq. Announced pay salary freezes for staff. Discussed the issue of government moving over to become lobbyists. Required all employees take an ethics class. In between public events, he met with economic and national security advisers. He also signed several executive orders.