What we know about the Trump administration’s energy plans
Focus: President Trump is set to unveil his energy plan, which will focus on oil and gas, nuclear, renewables and natural gas.
Here’s what you need to know about it.
The plan will likely be a major component of the Trump agenda, as Trump has repeatedly said he wants to see energy use rise from current levels to match the size of the economy.
The president has already outlined a plan for energy efficiency that would put more Americans on the grid.
But a key component of that plan is to increase oil and natural-gas production, which is currently around 50 percent.
“We need to put an increasing amount of American energy in the ground,” Trump said at a press conference in January.
The administration is expected to unveil its energy plan on Friday.
But there’s no indication that the plan will be the centerpiece of Trump’s energy agenda.
Energy experts say Trump is likely to focus on how to increase energy production in an effort to combat climate change and to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
“The plan is likely going to be a huge component of his energy strategy, but it’s not necessarily a cornerstone,” said John Bixby, a professor at Georgetown University who studies energy policy.
“If you look at the big picture, I think the energy plan is a little bit of a misnomer because it’s about getting the country producing more oil and generating more natural gas.”
While the White House has not yet released the plan, it has promised to make it public soon.
“Energy policy is going to play a big role in this,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters in January, after announcing the administration’s new energy plan.
“And the energy policy will be a very important part of what we’re trying to accomplish in the first 100 days.”
Trump’s new administration has already taken steps to make fossil fuels more expensive and energy-intensive, and the president has said that he is “not looking to create jobs.”
But the president also made it clear during the campaign that he wants the United States to get off fossil fuels altogether, which could potentially mean putting the country on the path to a future where natural gas production and consumption will increase substantially.
That could also require significantly more fossil fuels being burned in order to meet global warming goals, which would also increase the country’s dependence.
The country has more than 4 trillion barrels of oil and 2 trillion barrels worth of natural gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.
While the president’s plan is expected be a cornerstone of Trump, it’s unclear whether that will actually be part of his agenda.
Some analysts say Trump could decide to push for a transition to a cleaner energy economy instead.
“He might want to make that transition sooner than we think, because the energy crisis is such a big deal, and it’s been an enormous drain on the economy,” said Jonathan Seidman, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
“Trump might want a more ambitious transition to cleaner energy in terms of reducing the number of fossil fuels that are used, which means getting us off fossil fuel production altogether.”
The Trump administration has been working to address climate change for a long time.
It is known for its climate policies, such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Paris Accord, which was signed in November.
In 2020, President Trump announced a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which were projected to cause global temperatures to rise by 0.1 degrees Celsius.
The Trump plan was to be unveiled later that year, but Trump’s administration was delayed and it took another three years for the plan to come out.
In December, the United Nations passed a landmark global climate deal, committing the United Kingdom to reducing its carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
The United States and other industrialized nations agreed to limit their carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
But Trump’s executive order on the Paris accord, which Trump signed in January 2018, took the United State out of the Paris agreement altogether.
“There’s no doubt that Trump has made a lot of efforts to pull the United Sates out of global climate negotiations, but there’s not been a clear commitment to a more aggressive global effort to cut emissions,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.
The Paris climate agreement is the biggest global deal in the history of the international climate community.
The agreement calls on countries to reduce emissions and take steps to adapt to changing climate.
But in January 2019, the Trump Administration announced that the United Nation would not be the lead accountholder of the agreement, leaving the United states and other countries to do it.
This decision caused consternation among economists, as countries including China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico all have pledged to join the agreement.
The Obama Administration also delayed the agreement and put it on hold for a few months, but the Trump government has also delayed a number of other agreements in order not to give China and other large emitters the ability to pressure the United Countries