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Broad Energy Goals Included in Trump's National Security Strategy

Plans to "embrace energy dominance," are included in President Trump's National Security Strategy, a 55-page list of high level goals released by the White House Monday afternoon.

"For the first time in generations, the United States will be an energy-dominant nation," according to the document. "Energy dominance -- America's central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator -- ensures that markets are free and U.S. infrastructure is resilient and secure. It ensures that access to energy is diversified, and recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship.

"Access to domestic sources of clean, affordable, and reliable energy underpins a prosperous, secure, and powerful America for decades to come. Unleashing these abundant energy resources -- coal, natural gas, petroleum, renewables, and nuclear -- stimulates the economy and builds a foundation for future growth. Our nation must take advantage of our wealth in domestic resources and energy efficiency to promote competitiveness across our industries."

Under the heading of promoting American prosperity, the White House listed five national energy goals:

  • Reduce barriers by streamlining the federal regulatory approval processes for energy infrastructure, while also ensuring responsible environmental stewardship;
  • Promote exports by expanding export capacity through the continued support of private sector development of coastal terminals;
  • Ensure energy security by supporting diversification of energy sources, supplies, and routes;
  • Attain universal energy access to affordable reliable energy to help reduce poverty, foster economic growth, and promote prosperity; and
  • Further America's technological edge, including nuclear technology, next-generation nuclear reactors, better batteries, advanced computing, carbon-capture technologies, and opportunities at the energy-water nexus.

The energy portion of the strategy document echoed Trump's comments at the Department of Energy's "Unleashing American Energy Event" in Washington, DC, six months ago. The U.S. energy industry has "gone through eight years of hell," but is on the verge of a new era, Trump said at the time.

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