Trump Promises Help To Energy Industry, Calls Charlotte Violence An Embarrassment

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Last June, the Shale Coalition invited both candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to address their Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Trump accepted, and delivered a 35-minute mostly policy speech just 46 days before the presidential election.

The audience was packed with energy enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, many of whom believe the Obama administration has sided against them in favor of what they call “extreme” environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas.

Trump clearly embraced the energy industry.

“America is sitting on a treasure trove of untapped energy – some $50 trillion in shale energy, oil reserves, and natural gas on federal lands, in addition to hundreds of years of coal reserves,” Trump told the crowd.

“It’s all upside for this country – more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, higher wages, and lower energy prices.”

“I am going to life the restrictions on American energy and allow this wealth to pour into our communities, including right here in the state of Pennsylvania that we love,” said Trump.

Trump began with some political thoughts.

“They tell me a Republican can’t carry the state of Pennsylvania. Wait until you see what happens here,” noted Trump  “I think we’re going to have a big, big victory right here in the state of Pennsylvania.”

Beyond that prognostication, Trump’s speech focused on growing the fossil fuel energy industry.

“Producing more American energy is a central part of my plan to making America wealthy again,” he said.

Trump pledged to lift environmental regulations that he says stifle the growth of new jobs, and he contrasted his views with those of his opponent.

“Hillary Clinton wants to put the coal miners out of work, ban hydraulic fracking in almost all places, and extensively restrict or ban energy production on public lands and in most offshore areas.”

It’s a contrast Trump hopes will help him win Pennsylvania.

“We need an American first energy plan.  It’s going to be from now on America first.”

Trump also pledged to cut environmental regulations that he says stifle job growth.

“We will streamline the permitting process that probably makes you happier than when I say we’re lowering taxes.  The permitting process in your industry is a disaster.”

But given the riots and looting in Charlotte, trump — who calls himself the “law and order” candidate — opened his remarks on that.

“We have a wounded country.”

Trump said violence and chaos in Charlotte was an embarrassment.

“Our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader. How can we lead when we can’t even control our own cities?”

He pledged to change that as president.

“The violence against our citizens and our law enforcement must be brought to a very rapid end.”

Trump also promised a national anti-crime agenda to help law-abiding African Americans whom he says are often the victims of crime.

“For every one violent protester, there are thousands of moms and dads who really just want to sleep safely at night.”

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  1. To get to the core of donald trump’s belief system and to view exactly what this trump campaign actually consists of,you
    need only to watch this interview with trump’s “top earner” – a former employee of trump university. This is so thoroughly a reflection of trump’s methods and the basis of his philosophy that it might as well be tRUMP
    doing the talking.


    By the way, have you been listening to Kellyanne Conway whining about how the free press is picking on poor widdle twumpty wumpty? Poor baby. I bet she cries whenever anyone suggests looking up what SHE said about him less than 6 months ago when she was getting paid by ted Cruz.

    What a bunch of fraudulent s****ags:


    “For Trump, the debates are fraught with peril. Because now the question is going to be about these Trump victims. The reason the messaging has gotten better since Alex’s barnburner of an article two weeks ago is they’re starting to talk about victims of Trump University, victims of Trump in Atlantic City. Before that it was his conservative apostasies, now it’s actually you’re for the little guy but you’ve built your business on the backs of the little guy.”

    [CNN, At This Hour, 3/8/16]

    Too bad the press doesn’t hold tRUMP or ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH HIS CAMPAIGN to
    the same level of scrutiny as either Ms. Clinton OR as they earlier demonstrated when
    it came to his former tRUMP U employees. I’m disgusted that they softpedal this bankrupt bigot.

    He is the ONLY candidate with a REAL hearing scheduled before a REAL judge in a REAL courtroom on the matter of seeral acts of fraud – WHICH IS A REAL CRIME.

    And what he siphoning off charitable donations to pay your personal debts is also illegal. REALLY!

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