Senate Western Caucus Applauds President Trump’s Action to Restore American Energy Dominance

U.S. SENATE Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded President Donald J. Trump’s executive action to end the Obama administration’s war on coal.

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): “By reversing the coal leasing moratorium and rescinding the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan we can unleash American energy innovation and expand high-paying energy jobs. I have confidence that this is a first step in trashing President Obama’s war on coal and the good-paying jobs it supports. Coal Keeps the Lights On.”

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY): “It is an important day for energy producing states like Wyoming. The Obama Administration’s punishing regulations have done far more harm to the economy than good for the environment. I applaud President Trump for taking action on behalf of America’s families and energy workers. Federal agencies will now have the opportunity to identify ways to improve the environment without hurting job growth.”

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY): “President Trump’s decision is great for Wyoming and all those who rely on affordable energy. These regulations and actions from the last Administration were bad for American families and many of them overstepped the federal government’s power to regulate. They targeted our most reliable energy sources and would raise American energy costs. The industries they hurt the most employ many Wyoming citizens and we should be working to help support those jobs, not looking for ways to put those workers out of business. It is important that we review the steps taken by the Obama Administration that placed excessively burdensome or unnecessary regulations on the energy sector. 

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): “We need reliable and affordable energy to grow our economy and make our nation more secure. For too long we’ve burdened industry with unworkable and unrealistic regulations that have hampered growth and innovation. We can develop our energy resources with good environmental stewardship. Today’s action by the president will help to make our nation more energy independent, which makes our country more secure and our economy more vibrant.”

Senator James Lankford (R-OK): “Since 2015, I have stated that regulations like the Clean Power Plan assume power for the president that has never been given in law. The EPA or the Department of Energy never had the authority to regulate power generation. Regulations like the Clean Power Plan were about pushing a political agenda, not protecting the environment and maintaining affordable and reliable energy resources. We all want clean air and clean water, but we can achieve those goals without restricting small businesses or raising prices on families. I’m glad President Trump continues to take steps to roll back the Obama-era regulations that raise energy cost and are harmful to job creation around the US. This Executive Order continues to restore the power back to three equal branches of government.”

Senator John Boozman (R-AR): “President Trump continues his commitment to reign in overreaching federal agencies. Rolling back the misnamed Clean Power Plan protects Arkansas families from a drastic increase in energy costs, electricity blackouts and job cuts. This is especially important to low-income families and seniors living on a fixed income. Arkansas has worked hard with the energy industry to balance environmental concerns while supplying an affordable and reliable source of energy and this action will allow them to continue that collaboration.” 

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD): “Over the past eight years, American innovation, job creation and economic growth have been smothered by heavy-handed federal regulations imposed by unelected bureaucrats,” said Rounds. “I’m pleased that the new administration is taking swift action to undo a number of overly burdensome regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, which was halted by the Supreme Court last year after more than two dozen states filed petitions to stop its implementation. We all want clean air and water, but it is possible to achieve that goal without imposing costly regulations on American businesses.”

Senator John Thune (R-SD): “I’m glad President Trump is continuing to roll back burdensome Obama-era regulations like the backdoor national energy tax. Today’s announcement is good news for consumers and the economy.” 

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK): “For eight years President Obama waged an all-out war on fossil fuels and pushed a relentless agenda to regulate carbon dioxide. This slowed our economy drastically and damaged our national security by limiting our ability to use affordable, domestically sourced energy,” Inhofe said. “But this ends today, as the President Trump signs the Energy Independence executive order. The hallmark of this action is the rollback of the so-called Clean Power Plan, which was stayed last year by the Supreme Court last year. This rule was set to cause double-digit electricity price increases in 41 states, costing our economy a total of almost $300 billion over ten years. With this executive order, the rule will be pulled back by the capable hands of EPA Administrator Pruitt and his team. Today’s executive order also walks back a number of other harmful regulations and sets up government agencies in motion to work with—not against—industry to achieve energy independence in an environmentally responsible way. Under the order, agencies are instructed to identify exactly what regulatory hurdles are thwarting the development and use of domestic energy, which will pave the way for widespread regulatory reform. President Trump has also ordered a review of the social cost of carbon program, which for years has relied on faulty accounting metrics to substantiate regulations with little known benefit. Rolling back this regulation will result in immediate economic gains and preclude agencies from justifying expensive rules with false cost-benefit analyses. Further, the order lifts a moratorium on federal land coal leasing and directs EPA to pull back its methane regulations on existing oil and gas systems. The Energy Independence policy is a huge win for all Americans and I look forward to seeing the benefits that will quickly follow in Oklahoma and across the country, bolstering the administration’s earlier moves to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. This order is a clear sign to the country that Trump is serious about unleashing this country’s energy dominance. I applaud the President’s efforts and look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt as well as Secretaries Perry and Zinke to accomplish these great goals.”