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Burning up the future: Fossils on the offensive

“Who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.”

Last June, President Trump announced that the US will achieve “energy dominance”—by turning back the clock.  He would free fossil fuel companies from all environmental, safety, and geographic constraints.  Via his America First Energy orders Trump 1) dropped the Paris Climate Accord, 2) ended the Clean Power Plan, 3) approved the Keystone XL Pipeline, 4) reopened coal leasing on federal land, 5) ended the requirement to protect streams, and 6) called for freedom to fracture.  Full steam ahead to the fossil-fueled past in a landscape transformed to serve the needs of extraction, while fire, flood and hurricane already dominate our daily news.

Yet despite these new freedoms, players in the fossil fuel sector can sound eerily defensive:  proclaiming the “overwhelming benefits of fossil fuel to us all” yet naming the threat of greenhouse gases to our health as well as the looming climate apocalypse. 

A letter from the Heartland Institute lays out the dream of an oil-fueled future but raises the possibility of failure.  To succeed, these “fossils’  must get rid of the scientific conclusions that justified limits on oil development and replace them with “sound science and economics.”  They must “educate” the public.  They need fired-up advocates for their bold plan.   They need donations for their conference .

Read the Heartland Institute’s  letter below: 

“The fulsome development of our oil, natural gas, and coal will ensure better and longer lives for all Americans. As we secure energy independence – then rapidly evolve into a net exporter of energy – all Americans will live better lives thanks to a growing and thriving industrial economy.

President Trump’s America First Energy Plan is only seven paragraphs long. But it shows that we finally have a president in the White House willing to act on the free-market environmentalism agenda many of us have been working on to develop and promote for three decades…

Achieving it will not be without challenges, and it could fail if current EPA policies aren’t dramatically changed.

EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding is a Threat to Us All

Trump won the election, but the legacy of the Obama administration using the EPA as weapon to abolish the use of fossil fuels to stave off a looming (but phony) climate apocalypse remains in place. Without ending EPA’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, President Trump’s energy vision for our country can never be truly achieved.

The Obama Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan are a part of this legacy. Of primary importance is the EPA CO2 Endangerment Findings which hold that “current and projected concentrations” of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.” All of the EPA CO2 plans and conclusions must go if we are to have a truly successful future and reach the great potential of the US as articulated by President Trump.

About the Conference – the Use of Fossil Fuels Is Beneficial, but at Risk

We plan to examine – one year and one day after Trump’s Election Day victory – the following questions: What does the America First Energy Plan call for? How realistic is it? How much progress has been made in implementing it? What remains to be done?

We will review the scientific and economic evidence that exposes the fraud inherent in the Obama-era regulation regime. We will also discuss the overwhelming benefits of fossil fuels to us all.

We expect between 300 and 400 people to attend. In particular, we are inviting state legislators, think tank leaders, energy executives, Trump administration political appointees and staff, and policy analysts who write and speak on environment and energy topics.

Confirmed VIP speakers include Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who will discuss the future of energy exploration on federally controlled lands; Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance Resource Partners to talk about the future of coal; and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. We expect every attendee to leave this event “fired up” about the America First Energy Plan and become effective advocates for it.

Please Join Us—In Person, as a Sponsor, or Both!

You will want to be there as the groundwork is laid to support and promote a bold, forward-looking, and pro-America energy policy. And your financial support at the highest possible level – either personally or corporately – is vital to make the conference a success.

We need your help to continue educating the American people on climate and energy policy based on sound science and economics. The window of opportunity to make a real difference is now open—but can close at any moment.

Fred Palmer, Senior Fellow, Heartland Institute (Details for the Nov. 9, 2017 conference are at )


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