Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump speaks at Three Seas Initiative Summit regarding energy supply

President Donald Trump has pledged that the United States will never use energy to coerce eastern and central European nations.

And he adds that the U.S. won’t allow other nations to coerce them either.

Trump was addressing a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, of the Three Seas Initiative. It’s an alliance among a dozen eastern and central European nations that are bordered by the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas.

The group aims to reduce their dependence on oil and gas supplied by Russia.

Trump says he’s proud that the region is benefiting from U.S. energy supplies. Poland received a first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. last month.

Trump noted the region’s special significance to him. His wife, Melania, is a native of Slovenia, which belongs to the group.

–The Associated Press

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump meets with Croatian president over energy security, diversification

President Donald Trump welcomed Croatia’s commitment to boosting energy security and diversification.

The White House said in a statement that the president’s meeting Thursday with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia reaffirmed their mutual interests in supporting “stability and security in the western Balkans.”

The White House also says that Trump “expressed support for timely completion of the Krk Island liquefied natural gas facility.”

Trump said Thursday during a major speech delivered in Warsaw that he wants to make sure Poland and its neighbors are “never again held hostage” to a single supplier of energy.

Russia is one of the largest suppliers of energy to the European Union. His comments come on the eve of his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

–The Associated Press

Wed, June 28, 2017: Trump meets with state and tribal leaders to promote “energy dominance” policy

President Trump continued his drive to promote an “energy dominance” policy Wednesday by meeting with state and tribal leaders and energy industry association heads on the subject.

“I’m confident that, working together, we can usher in a golden age of American energy dominance and the extraordinary financial and security benefits that it brings to our citizens, not only the Native Americans, but all over the country,” Trump said during brief remarks in front of reporters before the meeting.

In his prepared remarks, Trump spoke repeatedly about the need to end restrictions on drilling, mining and other energy production activities. Trump also promoted his administration’s roll back on environmental regulations that he said got in the way. Continue reading “Wed, June 28, 2017: Trump meets with state and tribal leaders to promote “energy dominance” policy”

Thur, June 29, 2017: Trump promotes plan for American ‘energy dominance’

President Trump is formally seeking a review of energy policies to help the nuclear power industry prosper.

Trump announced the review during a speech at the Energy Department’s headquarters, which came as part of the administration’s Energy Week celebration.

“The golden era of American energy is now underway. And I’ll go a step further: the golden era of America is now underway, believe me,” Trump told the fossil fuel industry executives, workers, lawmakers and others assembled.

“Our country is blessed with true energy abundance, which we didn’t know of even five years ago and certainly 10 years ago,” he continued

“With these incredible resources, my administration will seek not only the American energy independence that we’ve been looking for so long, but American energy dominance.”

“Energy dominance” has been the theme of the Energy Week events. To the administration, it means boosting production of domestic fossil fuels and other energy so that the United States can export them and use them for geopolitical purposes, like reducing the influence of other major energy superpowers.

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