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Former Interior Secretary Zinke: Trump Was Personally Committed to Expanding U.S. Oil

'Trump followed U.S. energy production numbers closely'

 on 24th March 2022 @ 5.00pm
the former interior secretary said he agreed with trump that the u s  could produce more oil and gas than russia © press
The former Interior secretary said he agreed with Trump that the U.S. could produce more oil and gas than Russia

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reminded Americans suffering soaring gas prices under Joe Biden that President Donald Trump played an active role in kickstarting U.S. oil and gas output during his tenure.

Trump repeatedly asked senior officials if the U.S. was “on track” to achieving energy independence and if American drilling capacity would surpass that of Russia, Zinke told the Daily Caller.

Zinke added that Trump followed U.S. energy production numbers closely.

“When I mentioned to the president, ‘Mr. President, we don’t have to be beholden to anybody, we can not only be energy dependent, but I think we can dominate the market in energy dominance,’ he said, ‘I love it,’” Zinke recalled.

“He asked me, ‘How are we? Are we on track?’” Zinke continued.

“He followed the numbers. He would ask, and, of course, we’d have all those numbers ready for him.”

by 2019  the data showed that the u s  produced 12 2 million barrels of oil per day compared to the 10 8 million barrels per day drilled by russia © press
By 2019, the data showed that the U.S. produced 12.2 million barrels of oil per day compared to the 10.8 million barrels per day drilled by Russia

The former interior secretary said he agreed with Trump that the U.S. could produce more oil and gas than Russia, which was the world’s top energy producer at the time.

According to Energy Information Administration data:

In 2016, the U.S. drilled 8.9 million barrels of oil per day, while Russia produced 10.6 million barrels per day.

By 2019, the data showed that the U.S. produced 12.2 million barrels of oil per day compared to the 10.8 million barrels per day drilled by Russia.

In 2019, the U.S. became a net exporter of total energy, factoring in oil, coal, and natural gas trade, for the first time in nearly eight decades.

in 2019  the u s  became a net exporter of total energy under trump © press
In 2019, the U.S. became a net exporter of total energy under Trump

After becoming a net exporter of crude oil in 2020, the ation is projected to return to net importer status under the Biden administration in 2022.

The Trump administration approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, nixed the Obama administration’s moratorium on coal leasing, reformed the natural gas terminal permitting process, and opposed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which it argued was a form of “Russian energy coercion.”

“I felt I had the authority from the president to bring America out of energy dependence to energy independence and all the way to energy dominance,” Zinke told the DCNF.

“And I thank President Trump. He gave me a lot of latitude to get it done.”

But the Biden administration has reversed much of Trump’s policies, nixing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ditching oil drilling in Alaska, not appealing a court ruling that prohibited a massive offshore drilling lease in the Gulf of Mexico, attempting to ban new drilling leases on federal lands and making it harder for utilities to gain approval for natural gas projects.

Zinke confirmed in June that he would run for an open House seat representing Montana in 2022.

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