Donald Trump has put forth a plan that would move our country forward by opening up more federal lands and waters for energy exploration, unwinding the Obama administration’s harmful regulations, and subjecting the Paris Agreement to the scrutiny it deserves. Trump has also opposed a carbon tax, the Obama administration’s use of the social cost of carbon, and has stressed the need to eventually end all energy subsidies.

Trump does not believe Congress should fully repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at this time. AEA disagrees with this position and  believes the only way to fix the broken RFS is to repeal it in full.

After reviewing Donald Trump’s energy plan and past statements, AEA believes he would be a strong advocate for American families if elected president.

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Issues

Federal Electricity Grid Takeover

Vows to rescind Carbon Regulations. “We’re going to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.” (Source)

“We’re going to save the coal industry and other industries threatened by Hillary Clinton’s extremist agenda.” (Source)


Wind Production Tax Credit

Said he was “ok” with wind PTC. Trump began by saying, “Well, I’m okay with it.” (He then said that he “know[s] a lot about wind,” prompting some tittering in the audience.) He noted that it can be hard for wind to be competitive in energy production particularly when prices for fossil fuels are so low, so “you need subsidies.”” (Philip Bump, “Donald Trump hated wind farms – until an Iowa voter asked,’” Washington Post, 11/19/2015)

However, he has since noted that he believes subsidies distort markets. “This is an issue for Congress and the people they represent. Subsidies distort markets and should be used only when national security is at stake. Eventually, all subsidies should end so that the demand for energy will set prices, allow consumers access to the best values and encourage all facets of the energy industry to do all they can to keep their particular source competitive.” (Source)


Renewable Fuel Standard

 

Supports the RFS for now. When asked if Congress should repeal the RFS: “Not at this time. Until this nation sets its sights on total energy independence, we must support all energy sources. If we can truly achieve energy independence, then there would be no need for subsidies or any other form of mandate or market interference.” (Source)

AEA disagrees with Trump’s position on the RFS and believes Congress should fully repeal this program.


Other Energy Issues

Opposes a carbon tax. “I will not support or endorse a carbon tax!” (Source)

+ Will cancel Paris Climate Agreement. “We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.” (Source)

+ Supports more energy exploration. “…lifting the restrictions on American energy will create a flood of new jobs: Almost a $700 billion increase in annual economic output over the next 30 years. More than a $30 billion increase in annual wages over the next 7 years…” (Source)

+ Supports hydraulic fracturing. “We’re going to revoke policies that impose unwarranted restrictions on new drilling technologies. These technologies create millions of jobs with a smaller footprint than ever before.” (Source)

+ Supports lifting the ban on crude oil exports. “We can be the number one energy producer in the world. But we have archaic laws.” (Lauren Aguirre, “Election 2016: Donald Trump Visits Dallas,” The Daily Campus, 9/14/2015)

+ In favor of cutting EPA funding. “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he would cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. “Environmental Protection,” Trump said on Fox News Sunday after host Christ Wallace asked if there were any federal departments he’d cut. “What they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations. They’re making it impossible.”” (Alan Klein/Bloomberg, “Trump would cut Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, he said,” The Orange County Register, 10/18/2015)

+ Supports nuclear energy. “I’m in favor of nuclear energy, very strongly in favor of nuclear energy.” (“Trump: We Do Need Nuclear Energy,” Fox News, 3/15/2011)