Trump Taps Climate Change Foe, Fracking Backer as Energy Advisor

Trump Taps Climate Change Skeptic, Fracking Advocate as Key Energy Advisor
Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has turned to one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy.

Reuters

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has turned to one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy.

The New York billionaire has asked U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - to write a white paper on energy policy, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cramer and some other Trump energy advisers also recently met with lawmakers from western energy states, who hope Trump will open more federal land for drilling.

Cramer said his paper would emphasize the dangers of foreign ownership of U.S. energy assets, burdensome taxes, and over-regulation.

A spokeswoman for Trump's campaign did not comment.

(Editing by Ross Colvin)

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David H | May. 16, 2016
As far as energy is concerned this is a good start. I still question how hard Mr. Trump will stick to his guns when his Democratic foes (focus) their media disinformation machine on him. He didn't write The Art of the Deal for nothing.

john weaver | May. 16, 2016
I agree with Mr. Trumps choice ...

Mike | May. 16, 2016
Put a bottom price demand (aka tariff). For example no oil could be bought in the US for less than $70. Use the excess money raised to pay down national debt. This would make a gallon of gas roughly $2.65. You think GM and Ford could compete with Toyota and Nissan if there were no tariffs and taxes on foreign cars! So why aren't other industries given this advantage??? Buy American!

steve garam | May. 16, 2016
Yes to drilling. Yes to fracking. Yes to in-country ownership of oil resources, BUT regulations must be in place and followed: 1) no shallow fracking that affects wells and other groundwater aquifers; 2) develop workable solutions for power generation from well gas to reduce raw gas and burn off emissions; 3) fixed pipelines... there are workable solutions for environmentally sensitive areas, yes they are more expensive, but worth the balance; 4) more regional, variable grade refineries to reduce super long pipelines; and 5) oil imports ONLY from areas that are a) stable, b) respect human rights and MOST IMPORTANT...have proven no links to terrorist funding.

J R | May. 14, 2016
As one said before, 'Drill, baby, drill!'

Joe | May. 13, 2016
Trump just earned my vote with this decision for an Energy Advisor. Go Don go!

Richard K. Meier | May. 13, 2016
'Drill, baby, drill,' only works if the oil produced can be sold at a profit. That is not going to happen for some years yet.


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