Trump Promises More Big Energy Projects at Pennsylvania Plant

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Donald Trump told workers on Tuesday at a $6 billion petrochemicals plant being built in western Pennsylvania that more big U.S. energy projects were coming as his administration rolls back environmental regulations.

“This is just the beginning,” Trump told workers wearing hard hats at Shell’s <RDSa.L> ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. “My administration is clearing the way for other massive, multibillion-dollar investments.”

He praised the Shell plant as part of “the revolution in American energy that’s helping make our economy the envy of the world” and said the project would have never happened without him, although its final permits were issued before he was elected in 2016.

Trump won Pennsylvania in that election by less than 1 percentage point, and he has visited the state often ahead of the 2020 vote.

The Trump administration is pursuing a policy of “energy dominance” that seeks to maximize oil, gas and coal production in part by slashing regulations.

Last week, its Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, unveiled a proposal that would limit the power of states to block pipelines and other energy projects, months after Trump ordered the agency to change a section of the U.S. Clean Water Act that states including New York and Washington have used to delay the building of pipelines and terminals.

At the Shell plant, Trump apparently tried to take credit for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, called Cameron LNG, he visited in May. Full approvals for that plant were made before Trump was elected. “We just did one in Louisiana, it’s a $10 billion plant,” Trump said.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who accompanied Trump to the Shell plant, has embraced an up-to $10 billion Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub project to hold liquids from natural gas production. The project could help support the building of more petrochemical plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where a natural gas boom is at risk from falling prices.

Regional officials hope to secure a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee being considered by the Energy Department for the hub. But critics say that U.S. taxpayers would be on the hook if the project fails.

And environmentalists worried about plastic garbage ending up in the world’s oceans slammed the hub.

The project would “expose Appalachian residents to increased harm from fracking and industrial toxic emissions, while creating more plastic trash that is filling our oceans,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director at Food & Water Watch.

Petrochemical manufacturers say that demand for plastics, used in food storage, surgical devices, and in car parts, will increase as the global middle class expands. Shell says it supports plastics recycling and reuse.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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General Confusion
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“I wish I was smart enough to figure it out.” Otis You are confused, Otis, plus you really need to pay more attention. Lots of work is going into alternative energy developments. For storage ideas and generational ideas. You just don’t care to keep up to date. Since you are such a bird and bat lover, for example, a Spanish company is working on wind generators that use harmonic vibrations. Those won’t kill the animals. On the other hand, we have our idiot king trying to prop up the dying fossil fuel industries and tariff a growing green energy field.… Read more »

Tim Colbath
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Why doesn’t “Food and Water Watch” quit complaining and come up with a Real Plan to get the floating islands of plastic out of our oceans – that come from China and India primarily. Clean that up NOW – it is directly affecting the temperature of the ocean. Alaska fishermen and Crabbers will explain better than I can. But a quick summary – we are seeing species of fish in Alaskan waters that we have never seen before. The King Crab are deeper than ever seeking cold water. Why – whats changed? The huge floating islands of plastic – primarily… Read more »

Michael
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Paul, they don’t want to see the history of Trump ruining everything he has touched as a businessman. They buy into the fake narrative about his success that he has always tried to sell the public.

Otis
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How is all this plastic supposed to travel to the ocean?
Is energy independence necessary? Why, yes, it is.
The wind farms are great for the environment aren’t they? Ask the birds and the bats.
Until some genius figures out how to truly utilize the sun, we must move forward without the phantasm of the Green New Deal.
One day’s energy from the Sun, if storable especially, could run the U.S. energy needs for a year.
Get crackin’ geniuses. I wish I was smart enough to figure it out.

Marie Czarnecki
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Marie Czarnecki

People think before you comment!!!

Paul
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Cherl, remember that everything he’s touched has resulted in disaster. Please have a member of your family enroll to Trump University, and fly there, from wherever you live, by Trump Airlines. He is so filled with lies and deceptions that there cannot be any excuses. 12,000s lies, and counting, from this guy? Do you have no pride in this country, and no accountability to your family for the future? PLEASE, do take a moment to factually think about all of this.

Cherl
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Poor Paul. “Fortunately for America” his ability to treat this country like the business that it is hasn’t “stalled”. So he’s not an accomplished political speaker like Obama who made himself and the country dizzy with spinning.

Paul
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Did you listen to his latest rants? Since he was 4 years old, he has loved trucks and trains so much he repeated that revelation countless times. Unfortunately for America, his emotional and empathetic level seems to have stalled at that age.

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