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Isaac Orr: Changes in Energy Leadership and Policy Under the Trump Administration

January 24, 2017

Isaac Orr says we can expect big changes in both focus and results in energy policy under the new Trump administration with Trump and his appointees to key cabinet post, removing barriers to oil, gas, and coal production on public lands.

The Obama administration has tried to shut down coal production and use with moratorium on mining on public lands, the clean power plan, and has thrown up road blocks to oil and gas production including unnecessary restrictions on methane emissions and cancelled lease sales, benefiting his green energy cronies, while harming the general public. President-elect Trump can be expected to reverse most of Obama's energy policies.

Trump is appointing people to key positions, like Ryan Zinke as head of the Department of Interior, Scott Pruitt to run the EPA and Rick Perry to run the Energy Department, who know the damage the Obama administration has done to the energy sector in an effort to burnish its climate change legacy, and know what steps need to be taken to make America's energy sector great while increasing our energy security.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland research fellow on environmental policy and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
Author
Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining, agricultural, and environmental policy issues.
iorr@heartland.org