Energy policy in Trump era bodes well for Americans and business

January 26, 2018

By Dan Byers is vice president of policy at the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At a Bismarck, North Dakota, speech in May 2016, then candidate Donald Trump outlined his “America First Energy Plan,” an ambitious, reform-focused agenda that declared U.S. energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal and promised to lift restrictions on American energy to create a flood of new jobs.

As the Trump administration enters its second year, it makes sense to take stock of progress made on the president’s ambitious agenda. Most people are familiar with the big ticket items, including approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, clearing the way for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and outercontinental shelf, and steps taken to repeal and rewrite the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous and unlawful “Clean Power Plan.”

While these high-profile actions illustrate the president’s consistent emphasis on advancing U.S. energy for economic growth, the collective impact from scores of other measures may be an even bigger part of the energy story of the last 12 months. Our comprehensive Energy Tracker provides a unique and detailed look at these individual actions that are an easily-forgotten part of the bigger picture.

For example, the tracker shows that, as of his first year in office, President Trump has issued eight executive orders impacting energy (either directly or indirectly through regulatory directives) and four presidential memoranda on energy (all focused on pipelines and permitting). He signed four public laws directly impacting the energy sector (three under the Congressional Review Act and tax reform legislation authorizing leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).

In turn, executive branch agencies are moving swiftly to implement these directives in a manner...

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