Meaningful Energy Progress During the First 100 Days

April 28, 2017

DENVER – Western Energy Alliance released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s first 100 days.

“We have been happy since November 9th not to be facing another administration hostile to the oil and natural gas industry. We were optimistic but unsure if the campaign rhetoric about encouraging energy development and rolling back duplicative regulations that stifle economic growth and kill jobs would actually translate into meaningful policy changes. In some ways, we were just happy to have the piles of regulations meant to prevent oil and natural gas development come to an end, said Kathleen Sgamma, president at the Alliance.

We didn’t fully anticipate that not only would the punishing regulations stop, but the new Administration would make it a priority to roll back the last-minute, redundant regulation from the Obama Administration, and do it in such an effective way.

“I’ve been impressed with the level of sophistication on how to roll back these complex regulations in a legally defensible way, especially since the agencies only have a skeletal crew of Trump appointees in place. From the first orders on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines to the regulatory two-for-one order, the actions show that Pres. Trump is serious about creating jobs and economic prosperity for working people across the country.

“However, the Executive Order on Energy Independence was truly a surprise. We knew the order was coming on the Clean Power Plan, but didn’t anticipate it would so comprehensively address other aspects of the Obama climate change edifice, and redundant federal methane and hydraulic fracturing rules.

“States are already strictly regulating fracking with the stellar environmental record to prove it, as confirmed by the Environmental Protection Agency in a massive, multi-year study. Increased natural gas electricity generation is the number one reason the United States has reduced greenhouse gas emissions more than any other developed country. Those successes occurred because of state regulation and industry innovation, not from these last-minute, redundant federal rules. We continue to comply with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Protection Act and many other bedrock environmental laws that remain in effect, but the new administration is now curtailing unlawful rules put in place by an otherwise unaccountable bureaucracy that went far beyond Congress’ intent. 

“Hard work remains with many of the redundant regulations identified for review and rescission. We will engage in the rule-making processes necessary to overturn these last-minute, ill-conceived regulations. We call on Pres. Trump to take the next steps to redo the endangerment finding on carbon and withdraw from the Paris Treaty. We also call on the Senate to take the Congressional Review Act vote to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s methane rule.

“With an end to the regulatory overreach that has been stifling the oil and natural gas and many other industries, we can get on with the business of helping the president create thousands of new jobs.”

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