President Trump Begins Rollback of Obama Environmental Agenda CSPAN March 29, 2017 12:46am-1:12am EDT
the secretary ryan, epa administrator scott pruett and energy secretary rick perry spoke at the signing that included a group of
coal miners. this is 25 minutes. [applause] thank you for posting this here today. this is an important day and opportunity. the nation's energy security is of paramount importance, and the president with his signature on that executive order is going to set the motion of government
reform designed to continue promoting clean air and water for the american people. america's leadership. the president's leadership on how to achieve energy independence while improving our environment in this country and abroad as determined more by the actions of this president is taking at any time. and today we are taking another step in breaking the restraints that have become burdens. this is a rejection of the belief that the path forward on energy is through additional federal regulations. mr. president, you understand the path forward is through american ingenuity and entrepreneurship. as important as the action you are about to take ages, it's the reaction from the private sector, from these individuals standing to my left.
our partnership in the private sector is vital to our ability to deliver on these energy outcomes that americans want, affordable, reliable, clean, safe, secure energy. in my early service in the trump administration, i met with a wide variety of energy stakeholders and there is a tremendous focus on increased innovation and exploring new opportunities but i've also seen the downside of the government policies that have resulted in the distorted markets and the weakening of the american energy portfolio. the sql miners that have been sidelined without a thought given to their future. we have seen the power grid tested because the fuel diversity has been diminished to benefit one technology over another. and we've seen where the regulatory review process is in some depth to the point that investors look everywhere else for opportunities.
mr. president, today you are rejecting that approach. we are blessed to have the resources in this country and the technology and the know-how to continue achieving greatnesss in how we develop and use our energy and resources for our benefit and the world's benefit as the decision and opportunity before us. the executive order will begin the process to unravel the red tape that's been keeping investments on the sidelines and innovation stymied. mr. president, i remember your comments to me when we discussed my role at the energy departme department. you said i don't want america to just be energy independent. i want america to be energy dominant, and about today i thae step we are taking to provide greater regulatory certainty and action to unlock america's resources. it is now my honor to introduce
a great american, my friend,
the secretarsecretary of interior, y ryan. [applause] you know, our nation can't run on pixie dust and hope. in the last eight years, we showed that. the hallmark of a great president is one that takes decisive action, and that is exactly what our president did, decisive action. why is energy independence necessary? three things. one is the environment, the steward of the nation's majesty. the former commander is better to produce energy here under reasonable regulation and watching it produced overseas
with none, and i've seen it in africa and the middle east. second is jobs. jobs matter. hard-working americans deserve to have a future. in my own home state thomas enqueue senator for being here from montana, the greek nation, the chairman summed it up best. he said coal jobs aren't the best jobs and for some of our communities it's the only jobs. at last, national security. the world is safer when america is strong. and our strength relies on energy not just for the great america itself but for the allies.
our ability to be energy independent and not be held hostage by foreign entities. our ability to supply our allies with reliable energy, that delivers national security. i'm proud of my president and the commander in chief i will follow him anywhere in this nation should be grateful and with that, let's get to work. i would like to introduce a great patron and my friend from the great state of oklahoma, mr. pruett thank you very much. [applause] welcome to the epa. perhaps for some of you this is your first visit. it's good to see some coal miners here comes the welcome. [applause]
we are gathered in the back room and maps are intended to help you navigate and were intended to help you work towards a destination. as we gather today the president is signing an executive order and set a new journey and pathway forward on how we are going to do business with respect to the energy environment. number one, the president by his signature today is rejecting the narrative but this country cannot be both pro- energy and proenvironment. we have done that throughout our history and we can achieve good jobs and good growth and pro- energy policies at the same time as protecting our environment and the president is sending that message with a signature today on the executive order number two, he's also setting the pathway for the journey to say we will no longer have regulatory assault on any given sector of our economy.
that is going to end by the signing of this executive order. we will not allow regulations to pick winners and losers and that will be important as we chart the pathway forward. the third thing is we will play within the rules. the epa should pass rules within the framework the congress established. that is exactly what should occur we should reimagine our authority to pick winners and losers and provide regulatory certainty. the president is setting a new pathway forward and is going to make sure we transform the economy, and grow jobs and protect the environment and it's an exciting day and i appreciate his leadership. i have the honor and opportunity to recognize a good friend, patriots, friend in the process making sure we achieve these objectives the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause]
good afternoon. this is a great day for energy independence and a growing economy. i want to thank our administrator, secretary rick perry for your remarks and enthusiasm and leadership. would you give them all another round of applause [applause] as we say thank you to all of the members of congress to do with us today and all the business leaders and hard-working americans that are gathered here, and especially i know on behalf of my boss we are especially grateful to see all these great coal miners here today. [applause]
they know what most of america knows that better than most, president trump digs coal. just last weekend i was in west virginia and i'm grateful to see the senator here. she knows about the heartbreaking story in west virginia in the recent years. the state has lost more than a third of their good paying coal mining jobs in just the last few years. over 130 mines have been shut down since 2009. if today's actions demonstrate under president donald trump, those days are over because the war on coal was over. [applause] everyone here knows the truth that affordable, abundant and reliable energy powers the american economy and president trump is committed to and all of the above energy policy to
provide the american people and businesses with the power they need to innovate and thrive. it is a fact lower energy costs mean more jobs, more growth and more opportunity for the country and today, with a stroke of his pen president trump will strike a powerful blow for consumers and businesses and for a brighter future for america. it's the greatest privilege in my life to serve as vice president to a man who gets up every single day to keep his promise to the american people to make america great again, and today is one more example, said today it is my honor and privilege to introduce to you my friend, the president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause]
[applause] thank you very much. i guess they like what we are about to sign. i knew they were going to like this one. thank you. i appreciate it and thank you to our great vice president mike pence. i am thrilled everyone could be here with us today. i want to get give a special ts to the administrator scott
pruett, secretary ryan and secretary rick perry for your remarks. i told him run it the way you ran texas because it will be a great operation, and he did a great job and we are honored to have all three. and i'm really honored to have the vice president because he has been outstanding. [applause] together, this group is going to do a great job for our country. we have a very impressive group here to celebrate the start of the new era of american energy and production and job creation. the action i am taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom and allow our companies and workers to thrive, compete
and succeed in a level playing field for the first time in a long time. i'm not just talking about eight years, we are talking a lot longer. you know if there then maybe anybody. thanks to the distinguished members of congress who've taken the time to be here. i want to thank all of the industry leaders who are here with us and who share our determination to create jobs in america for americans. thank you. i spotted you in the audience. thank you. that is what this is all about is bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making america wealthy again. i also want to thank the dedicated public servants are with us this afternoon. you are doing important work to
protect our health and public resources, so important. finally, i want to acknowledge the amazing people behind me on the stage, our incredible coal miners. [applause] we love our coal miners. [applause] great people. the past two years i've spent time with the miners all over america and they told me about the struggles that they have been doing. in one case i went to a group in west virginia and i said how about this, why don't we get together, go to another place and get another job. do you like that idea and they said no we don't like that idea. we love to mine, that's what we
do. i said if that's what you want to do that you're going to do. i was very impressed, they love the job. i grew up in a real estate family and until this recent excursion into the world of politics, i could never understand why anybody wouldn't want to be in the world of real estate, so i understand that and we are with you 100% if that is what you are going to do. [applause] they told me about the attacks on their jobs and livelihoods and about the efforts to shut down their communities and their very way of life. i made them this promise we will put our miners back to work. [applause]
we've already eliminated a devastating anti-coal regulation but that was just the beginning. today i'm taking bold action to follow through on that promise. my administration is putting an end to the war on coal. with today's executive action, i'm taking steps to lift restrictions on american energy to reduce the government intrusion and to cancel job killing regulations. [applause] and by the way regulations not only in this industry that every industry. we are doing it by the thousands and we will have safety, clean water, clean air but so many are unnecessary and so many our job
killing. we are getting rid of the bad ones. one after another we are keeping our promises and putting the power back into the hands of the people. first, today's energy independence action calls for an immediate reevaluation of the so-called clean powerplant. [applause] perhaps no single regulation threatens the energy workers and companies more than this crushing attack on the american industry. second, we are lifting the ban on federal leasing for coal production. third, we are lifting job killing restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas, clean coal and shale energy and finally, we are returning power to the states where the power belongs. states and local communities
know what is best for them. they understand it. they have been doing it for a long time. it was taken away from them and not handled well and they are the ones that we should now and will now empowered to decide. my action today is the latest in a series of steps to create american jobs and to grow american wealth. we are ending the theft of american prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country. we moved the permits to finally build the keystone pipeline and cleared the way to completion of the dakota access pipeline. [applause] we've already created half a million new jobs in the first two jobs reports of my administration and if you notice
today, ford announced massive new spending on three big plans in the state of michigan, a state i love very much. remember what happened in michigan? remember, november 8, that was an exciting evening. they just made that announcement that was a very important announcement. we are going to continue to expand energy production and we will also create more jobs and infrastructure and manufacturi manufacturing. this will allow them to focus on the primary mission of protecting our air and protecting our water. together we are going to start a new energy revolution, one that celebrates american production with american soil. we want to make your goods here instead of shipping them in from other countries all over the
world they ship in and take the americans money, go home, take our jobs, take our companies, no longer. we believe in those magnificent words made in the usa. [applause] we will unlock the job producing natural gas, oil and shale energy. we will produce american coal to power american industries. we will transport american energy through american pipelines made with american steel. can you believe somebody would actually say that? this came at providenc and coiny when i was planning the pipeline
deals. i got them done and i said folks, where do we get thi thisd they said i think it's from a foreign land. no good. makes it, who make those beautiful pipes for the pipeline? they said they are made outside of this country and i said no more. so we added a little clause but it didn't take much. he wanted to pipelines in the country, you are going to ride this deal and have it fabricated here. it makes sense. we will create millions of good american jobs also so many energy jobs. and really lead to unbelievably prosperity through the country and rick perry's going to have a lot to do with that.