Trump emphasizes support for energy industry

William Arsn

During Midland visit, president signs permits to export Texas crude to Mexico  


Buoyed by an enthusiastic audience gathered inside a tent at Double Eagle Energy’s drilling rig in Midland County, President Donald Trump sought to buoy his standing with Texas and the energy industry.

During his 16th visit to Texas since he took office and his first to West Texas, the president announced he was taking “another bold action” by signing four permits for pipeline and railroad infrastructure along the Texas border that will allow for Texas crude to be exported to Mexico.

“It’s something that has been sought for many years and we got it done,” the president said.

Trump praised the hard-working men and women of Double Eagle and the rest of the energy industry for making the nation the “No. 1 energy superpower anywhere in the world” and thanked Double Eagle founders Cody Campbell and John Sellers, who serve as co-chief executive officers, for hosting the gathering.

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In introducing Trump, Campbell said the president is a great advocate of the industry.

“He knows the industry supports countless jobs,” Campbell said. “He stands shoulder to shoulder with us to oppose those on the radical left who are against the industry.”

Trump told the gathering that as long as he is in office, the nation would remain the top oil-and-natural gas producer in the world.

“I’m here to celebrate the incredible achievement of the industry and to oppose the radical left who want to tear down the industry and make the U.S. subservient to foreign energy,” he said. “I’m here to defend your jobs. I’m here to defend the Lone Star State; I love this state.”

The president listed the actions he has taken to boost the energy industry, including approving soon after taking office the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, opening acreage in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration and opening public lands to exploration. Just recently, he said, he extended until 2050 the authority to export liquefied natural gas.

He said that since he took office, Permian Basin oil and natural gas production has more than doubled, while at the same time the nation’s air pollution is down.

“We will never cease being the leader in protecting our environment,” he said. “Under my administration, the U.S. will have the cleanest air and the cleanest water.”

And because of his proactive policies, jobs from countries with lower environmental standards like China are coming back to the U.S., Trump said.

Reporter’s Notebook: Trump’s visit to Midland

When crude oil prices crashed this spring, “I got Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut 10 million barrels of production per day,” he said. “I got OPEC-plus and Mexico to agree to cuts. So, we’re OK now, we’re back. We were close to losing a powerful industry but now we’re back and we’re going to keep expanding. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Mexico, OPEC-plus all came together to save the industry. This action stabilized word oil prices that were in freefall and saved the industry.”

He warned of efforts by the far left to demolish the energy industry and the U.S. economy by banning hydraulic fracturing, banning oil and gas leases on federal lands and ultimately ending the use of fossil fuels. Calls for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which he said is impossible, would render homes valueless and end the use of natural gas.

Their agenda, he said, would end U.S. prosperity, eliminate millions of jobs and turn the U.S. into another Venezuela, which once was one of the richest countries in South America with its large oil and gas reserves but now doesn’t have any water, food or medicine, he said.

“Tell Washington politicians who want to abolish energy: Don’t mess with Texas,” he said, concluding, “I will never let Texas down.”

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