With the recent attacks on the oil plants in Saudi Arabia (which are said to have been carried out by Iranian drones), there is a question that does come to mind: does America need to continue its dependence on foreign oil?
America has its share of places to drill oil from, but thanks to environmentalists and incidents such as the BP Oil Spill of 2010, the oil industry has been halted in its efforts to do so.
I used to hand out bumper stickers with the phrase “Drill for American Oil Now”. Trump has advocated such an idea, because that is exactly what America needs to do.
As I mentioned in an article last year, the Trump Administration reversed the EPA’s Clean Power Plan via regulations that would cede authority to the states. Such a plan has given the coal industry a much needed boost.
The Donald also gave nuclear power a boost last year by signing into law the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA), which eliminates the financial and technological barriers impeding the nuclear industry.
Hopefully there will also be an increase in the number of nuclear power plants throughout America, especially since nuclear energy is the cleanest and safest form of energy (contrary to what some environmentalists say). In fact, some environmentalists approve of nuclear energy.
The Trump Administration has also promoted the use of natural gas, including opening up the natural gas industry to international markets. I should point out that natural gas is the most favored energy source among environmentalists, even though it is not renewable.
Hydroelectric power has also been advocated by the Trump Administration, especially when the Donald signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which will lead to an increase in the development of that energy source.
By the way, the idea of hydraulic fracturing (better known as fracking) is not harmful to the environment as long as it is done safely and properly.
As for all of these Green Energy sources, they are known to be less efficient, be more expensive, and probably not as green as some people claim.
For example, these wind farms do not produce as much energy as is claimed, and they are said to have resulted in the deaths of many birds and bats, thus sparking a “green” civil war among the environmentalists.
So hopefully under the Trump Administration America will drill for its own oil, as well as relying on natural gas, coal, hydroelectricity, and nuclear energy.