How President Trump’s energy policy is making America great again

In an op/ed on Huffington Post, Howard Fineman called President Trump’s 6-months-old presidency “still born”.


Here are some of the accomplishments of Trump’s “still born” presidency which you are not told by the MSM:

Among President Trump’s accomplishments is the opening of the Dakota and Keystone oil pipelines, made possible by two presidential memoranda (here and here) that Trump signed on his second day of work as President, thereby reversing the obstacles placed by the Obama administration. Those pipelines increase America’s oil production and will enable our energy independence from the conflict-ridden Middle East.

Here are some more facts on the Dakota Access Pipeline (sources: Dakota Access Pipeline Facts; Star Tribune):

  • The 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline began commercial service on June 1, 2017, transporting crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminalling hub outside Pakota, Illinois.
  • The pipeline is hastening a revival of output from North Dakota’s  Bakken region which had fallen sharply, along with global oil prices, during the past two years. The state’s drilling rig count has jumped 40% since early February when Trump gave final approval to the pipeline. By the end of the year, analysts expect the rig count to rise another 10% or more, making North Dakota’s crude oil production second only to Texas.
  • The pipeline gives North Dakota’s oil producers cheaper access to refineries and other customers on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
  • The pipeline is “a safer, more environmentally responsible and more cost-effective transportation system to move crude across this country as opposed to truck or rail,” said Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado.
  • The pipeline carries about 500,000 barrels of oil per day, more than half of North Dakota’s daily output, cutting reliance on riskier rail-cars and reducing transport cost by roughly $3 to $5 per barrel. Transportation savings from the Dakota Pipeline are a key factor considered by oil companies when deciding whether to boost production.
  • Together, the pipeline and North Dakota’s increased oil production will save U.S. energy industry at least $540 million in annual shipping costs.

In addition to opening the Dakota and Keystone pipelines, President Trump has also undertaken other changes to increase America’s oil independence:

(1) In April, President Trump signed an executive order that reversed Obama’s ban on Arctic drilling.

(2) In July, President Trump made drilling easier on federal land by cutting the amount of time it takes the Department of the Interior (DOI) to process requests from oil and gas companies.

Conservative Tribune reports, July 25, 2017, that data from the Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the DOI, shows that during the first 7 years of the Obama administration, the waiting time fluctuated from a low of 71 days in 2011 to a high of 104 days in 2015. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made it clear in a statement that these lengthy wait times were unacceptable:

“Oil and gas production on federal lands is an important source of revenue and job growth in rural America but it is hard to envision increased investment on federal lands when a federal permit can take the better part of a year or more in some cases.”

Part of the strategy for reducing the waiting times will reportedly involve simply resolving a backlog of requests that totaled 2,802 as of Jan. 31. Zinke said that the goal is to reduce waiting times “down to 30 days and to make all the processes as short as possible, but at the same time, making sure our environmental stewardship is not breached, all of which is completely doable. This is just good government and will further support the President’s goal of American energy dominance.”

(3) A result of reversing the ban on Arctic drilling and expediting drilling on federal land by reducing the waiting time for approval is that in its first six months, the Trump administration has already leased more land — and raised more revenue — than the Obama administration had leased in 8 years.


18 responses to “How President Trump’s energy policy is making America great again

  1. Pingback: How President Trump’s Energy Policy is Making America Great Again | The Olive Branch Report

  2. It’s even more amazing when you consider how the establishment and MSM has lined up to block his every move. Spin lies and suppress the truth.
    It’s a disgrace they will NEVER LIVE DOWN.


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  3. Howard Fineman is a bad joke. But then again he is an abortion survivor.

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  4. At the risk of re-plagarizing somebody and repeating myself, someone said; “if they caught Trump walking on water the headline would read; “Trump Can’t Swim”. I think that’s about right.

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  5. Captain Obvious

    My only concern is if Trump’s business associates/partners are the ones benefitting from the leasing of lands. Although I have no doubt at all that Obama blocking the pipeline was in the interest of foreign countries. Obama’s destruction of the coal industry was also to benefit some big corporation or foreign country. All of the last 8 years has been a big “screw over America” fest by Barry and buddies.

    The things Barry did were illegal and everyone looked the other way. Trump won’t get a pass on it.

    That being said, I’m optimistic about Trump. I have family in WV. The state has been decimated by the closure of the coal mines. 40%, yes 40%,of the county where my family lives is hooked on meth or heroin. People were desperate. With Trump, WV is coming back and can hopefully recover.

    Trump has a long road ahead and I pray for him daily. I’m thankful for what he has done and what he will do. I’m cautiously optimistic.

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  6. Captain Obvious

    P.S. Good research and writing. Thanks you for putting it together

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  7. Great article, imagine how much he could have accomplished if he had the full cooperation of both parties, the country would be unstoppable.

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  8. The Obama years gifted us with our Trump. I pray for him daily in the face of the riduculousness he has to face (I also pray for TERM LIMITS)…..but most of all, I pray that we might be spared the harvest of this RHINO congress/senate that will bring us Elizabeth Warren, or Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders, et al, etc….to the White House in the next election…….

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  9. Kevin J Lankford

    Could not agree more with Mr. Woods. Our system has rotted to the core.

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    • Kevin, we allowed the system to rot because we did not elect [at all levels of goverment] the right people to do the job. The goverment handed out our tax dollars (allowed immigrants, food stamps, free clinics, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) so they could have the votes, it was a sure shot for reelection and they won. Though may take time, improvements can be seen, let our votes speak for us it is our most powerful ammo against corrupt politicians, President Trump “has been sent to US” because our Nation and all our rights would have been lost forever.


      • Kevin J Lankford

        You make the mistaken assumption that all elections are legitimate. I have no doubt that there are many career politicians who would have been long gone if the will of the people truly prevailed.

        Trump only won out over hillary because of the overwhelming mass of unexpected voters’ heroic effort to defeat the odds stacked against the true U.S. citizens through voter fraud.

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  10. Doing better than Obama…


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