WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry issued the following statement after the signing of President Trump’s Executive Orders promoting energy infrastructure, economic growth and cross border permitting.

“Today, President Trump took sweeping action to ensure the United States reaches its full energy potential, and has the ability to deliver our historic energy supply both around the nation and the world”, said Secretary Perry.“Under the Trump Administration, America has become the world’s top producer of energy, and the President is committed to expanding this growth into the future. These Executive Orders implement a comprehensive whole-of-government approach to streamline the development of necessary energy infrastructure projects, and reduce existing barriers to achieving that goal.”

Under the President’s Executive Order, the Department of Energy under Secretary Perry’s leadership is directed to do the following: 

  • Work in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, to submit a report to the President, regarding the impacts of current limitations on the export of coal, oil, natural gas, and other domestic energy resources through the west coast of the United States. 
  • Work in consultation with the heads of other agencies to submit a report to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, describing opportunities through the Federal Government or otherwise, to promote economic growth of the Appalachian region, including growth of petrochemical and other industries.  This report also shall assess methods for diversifying the Appalachian economy and promoting workforce development. 
  • Work in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report to the President regarding the economic and other effects caused by the inability to transport sufficient quantities of natural gas and other domestic energy resources to the New England States and, as the Secretary of Transportation deems appropriate, to States in other regions of the Nation.  This report shall assess whether, and to what extent, State, local, tribal, or territorial actions have contributed to such effects. 



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