Yet he made no mention of the planetary warming — 2017 was the second-hottest year on record — that worsened the disasters, instead bolstering his administration’s aggressive fossil fuel pushing.
“We endured floods and fires and storms, ” Trump said. “But through it all, we have considered the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.”
The White House constructed slashing environmental regulations a cornerstone of its agenda over the past year, running as far as to purge government websites of climate data and remove issues like sea-level rise from the administration’s listing of security threats. The deregulatory assault came as Trump aggressively aimed to increase fossil fuel production and use.
The speech set a glossy finish on the president’s so-called “energy dominance” agenda, as the United States is poised this year to outshine Saudi Arabia and Russia as the largest oil producer.
“We have ended the area of combating American energy, ” he said. “We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world”
In reality, the U.S. remains a steady importer of crude oil, and likely won’t become a net exporter of energy until the 2020 s, according to a forecast this month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Exportations, driven by the boom in shale oil brought on by the rise of hydraulic fracturing, surged under former President Barack Obama.