Published: 19:24, 25 June 2017 | Updated: 02:55, 26 June 2017
Donald Trump is set to take credit for increasing US exports of gas and oil during his White House’s ‘Energy Week’.
The president is going to use the themed-week to talk up America’s move towards energy dominance as the country edges closer to becoming a net exporter of oil, gas, coal and other energy resources after decades of relying on other countries for supplies.
Trump will give a speech at the Energy Department on Thursday said to be ‘focused almost entirely on energy exports’, according to Bloomberg News.
The outlet reports the speech will describe: ‘how the foreign sale of US natural gas, oil and coal helps strengthen the country’s influence globally, bolster international alliances, and help stabilize global markets’.
Donald Trump is set to take credit for increasing US exports of gas and oil during his White House’s ‘Energy Week’
Ideas written into the president’s speech are expected to be echoed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry when he addresses the Energy Information Administration conference in Washington on Tuesday.
Dave Banks, a special assistant to the president for international energy, told Bloomberg that fact the US is in a new age of ‘energy abundance’ means the country is in a drastically different position than it has been previously.
‘This gives access to affordable, reliable energy in the United States, and gives the US a major competitive advantage,’ Banks said.
Another Trump adviser, specializing in domestic energy policy, said the president’s plan is to make the most of all the natural resources found in the US.
Donald Trump wears a coal miner’s protective hat while addressing his supporters during a rally in West Virginia in May 2016
Ricky Perry is expected to give a similar speech to Trump when he addresses the Energy Information Administration conference in Washington on Tuesday
‘It’s about utilizing our abundance of resources at home to create jobs and grow the economy, and at the same time use those to strengthen America’s leadership and influence abroad,’ Michael Catanzaro told Bloomberg.
Trump frequently spoke about the energy sector during his campaign, and even delivered his first policy promise from North Dakota – a state heavily reliant on the oil industry.
He has also tried to undone changes made by President Obama designed to move America away from fossil fuels to help the environment and modernize the energy industry.
A coal mound stands at the NRG Energy Inc. WA Parish generating station in Thompsons, Texas. Trump wants the US to develop more coal
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