President Donald Trump’s administration prioritizes U.S. “energy dominance” through promoting exports, innovation and cutting regulations, according to the federal government’s National Security Strategy.
The White House’s security strategy is a rejection of former President Barack Obama’s administration, that prioritized fighting man-made global warming. Trump’s strategy no longer lists global warming as a nation security concern.
The Trump administration plans on “[u]nleashing these abundant energy resources— coal, natural gas, petroleum, renewables, and nuclear” to boost the economy and aid U.S. allies, according to an “America First National Security Strategy” plan.
“Energy dominance—America’s central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator—ensures that markets are free and U.S. infrastructure is resilient and secure,” reads the document.
“Our Nation must take advantage of our wealth in domestic resources and energy efficiency to promote competitiveness across our industries,” reads the document, that the White House released on Monday morning. The environment is best served through “innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains, not from onerous regulation,” the document says.
Trump has re-positioning the U.S. from “climate leader” to a promoter of energy in the past year, in particular for fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Trump announced in June the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and his administration promoted “more efficient and cleaner fossil fuels” at the subsequent G20 meeting and at other events.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has already made several international trips to promote U.S. energy, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt flew to Morocco in December to discuss natural gas exports.