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President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference


The President:
Thank you very much. What a nice group. (applause) Ah,
you’re much happier. I was here three years
ago; you’re much happier now. (applause) And you’re much
wealthier, and you’re providing a lot more
energy than you used to, that’s for sure. Right? (applause) Thank you. You know, Harold is a
very successful man. And I was with the great
football coach, Barry Switzer. I think he might be the
only one — he won in the NFL and he won in
college, right? The championship. But Barry is a great guy. Great coach. And he’s one of
Harold’s best friends. And Harold was coming
into a meeting, and I was talking to Barry. And he said about Harold,
“You know, sir, that guy can take a straw” —
probably the plastic ones, before they changed. (laughter) I don’t think
it would have worked; the paper straws aren’t
working too well. “Sir, he can take a straw
and he can put it into the ground, and oil comes
out.” And other companies, they spend billions
looking for oil. They want to
find that oil. They just spend billions,
and they can’t get it. But this guy puts a
straw in the ground. And I said, “How
cool is that?” Right? But that’s my
friend, Harold. He’s a great gentleman. I learned a lot about
energy from him. But it’s wonderful to be
here, back in Pittsburgh. By the way, go Steelers. Go Steelers. (applause) Big Ben. I guess, Big Ben
is recovering. I know Ben. He’s a great guy. He’s a tough cookie. And he’ll be back, right? He’ll be back. Big Ben. And you have a great —
and you have a great ice hockey team, too. You have a great
ice hockey team. (applause) Sidney Crosby,
the whole group — you know, they were at the
White House not a long time ago. And they came in and they
are a great group of people. So you have a great sports
place and a great sports town. But I’m here with the
incredible people who fuel our factories, light up
our homes, power our industries, and fill our
hearts with true American pride. That’s you. And, by the way, you
guys — sit down. (applause) Thank you. Sit down, everyone. We’ll be here for
a little while. I like energy people. (Laughter and applause.)
Energy people have a lot of energy, unlike some
people I deal with. (laughter) They got a lot
of energy, in more ways than one. Nobody does it better than
the hardworking men and women of Marcellus
Shale country. (applause) Wouldn’t it be
great if New York realized what they’re sitting on
top of — (applause) — before the competing
states take a lot of it? You know, it gets down
a little bit, right? It keeps going down. They’ll say, “Hey, we used
to have a lot of energy before they took them from
Pennsylvania and Ohio.” But New York should do it,
and New York should allow pipelines to go through so
the people of New England can cut their energy costs
in half, so the people in New York could cut their
energy costs in half. (applause) New York
doesn’t allow pipelines to go through. I don’t know, there has to
be some kind of a federal something that
we can do there. But they won’t allow
pipelines to go through New York; this is
for a long time. And they won’t do any
fracking in New York. And they won’t take all of
that wealth underneath and reduce their taxes. Wouldn’t that be nice? They don’t do
it in New York. Somebody, someday,
will explain why. They do it in
Pennsylvania. They do it in Ohio. They do it in states
right around New York. They don’t do
it in New York. They’re sitting on a
goldmine of energy. With unmatched skill,
grit, and devotion, you are making America the
greatest energy superpower in the history
of the world. You’re number
one, by far, now. Right? (applause) And I want to
thank the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Ohio Oil
and Gas Association. Oh, I love Ohio. I love that state. Ohio. (applause) Don’t forget,
for a year, I had to listen to, “You cannot win
unless you win Ohio.” I said, “No, no: ‘The great
state of Ohio.’ Please, treat it well.” (applause)
And we won Ohio by a lot. It’s a great state. And another great
state: West Virginia. (applause) Right? I think we won West
Virginia by 42 points. (applause) That’s a lot. I would say that’s a lot. But they’re great people. And, West Virginia Oil and
Natural Gas Association, I want to thank you for the
invitation to be here today. Two great groups. We’re honored to be joined
by members of my Cabinet who are fighting every day
to support the American energy revolution. By the way, if the other
people ever get in, everything I said,
forget about. You won’t have money to
pay for a ticket to this place. You’ll all be out of
business very quickly. In the meantime, you’re
doing better than you’ve even done. But I have Cabinet
members here. Interior Secretary —
largest landlord in the United States by a factor
of about 200 — David Bernhardt. Where’s David? David? Thank you, David. Stand up. What a great job. (applause) He’s basically
the landlord to about half of the United States. A friend of mine —
a great gentleman. He’s going to be leaving,
and, I’ll tell you, there’s one that’s
going to do well. But he’s been right
from the beginning. We’re almost
three years, now. Energy Secretary,
Rick Perry. Rick. (applause) Great guy. Great guy. Great competitor. I ran against Rick. He was nasty. He was tough. He was tough. But he — he
was a gentleman. And when he decided
that it was time to do something else, there was
nobody that could have been nicer. He’s been a tremendous
asset to the administration. And he was a great
governor of Texas. And he’s been a great —
great job with the energy. And that includes
nuclear energy. Really fantastic job. Thank you, Rick. (applause) Another man
who is here, who’s been incredible — he is a man
that, no matter what you do, it’s never going to be
considered right, because one group will like it
and one group won’t. But he’s really tough. He’s really smart. And, by the way, he loves
the environment: EPA Administrator,
Andrew Wheeler. Andrew, you’ve done
a fantastic job. (applause) And he’s, right
now, working on small refineries, getting them
everything they need to stay because it’s a highly
competitive business. We want to keep them
really prosperous and keep them in business, Andrew. So, I know you’re
working on that. And he’s dealing with them
I think this week and next week, and you’ll hopefully
have something for the small refineries. Anybody here from
small refineries? Yeah, a couple. Not too many. Don’t forget the
small refineries. We don’t have —
(laughter) — now, you’re going to take care of
those small refineries. They’re great
people, right? And they’ve really been
incredible for our country. Several outstanding
members of Congress — these are warriors; these
are people that fight with me all the time on
the witch hunts. I’ve had the Mueller witch
hunt, the Russia witch hunt. I have witch
hunts every week. I say, “What’s the
witch hunt this week?” (laughter) They can’t beat
us at the ballot box. They cannot beat us
at the ballot box. So they want to try and
beat us the old-fashioned way, which is
not very nice. They are a nasty
group of people. And, you know, it’s very
interesting: If you look at what’s happened and
what’s been doing, and all the things we’ve done, and
we have to get USMCA done, and they don’t want to
put it up for a vote. And the Do-Nothing
Democrats, they will pass it, but it has to be
put up Nancy Pelosi. So let’s see what happens. But I think they’re going
to put it up, because everybody — Audience:
Booo — The President: No, everybody wants it, and I
think ultimately they’re going to do the
right thing. But it’s all ready to go. It’s approved by Mexico. It’s approved by Canada. It’s approved by everybody
that has to be approved. We have to give it a vote. It’s been sitting
for a long time. A lot of money wasted,
a lot of jobs wasted. It’s going to have a
tremendous impact. But these are warriors
that have been with me right from the beginning. A friend of
mine, Mike Kelly. Congressman Mike Kelly. (applause) Mike, stand up. Great job, Mike. A man with the greatest
name if show business: Guy Reschenthaler. (applause) Now, if anybody
can get elected to Congress with that name,
you got to be one hell of a talent. When you can have that
name and get elected, I’ll tell you what. But he’s a warrior. They’re all warriors. This group is incredible. I won’t say it
about every group. Some aren’t warriors. But this group
is incredible. It’s called
“Pennsylvania.” It’s in the genes. It’s in the blood. Right? (applause) It’s
in the blood. Another terrific guy
who’s always there: Lloyd Smucker. Thank you, Lloyd. Great job. (applause) GT Thompson. We have them
all today, huh? GT. (applause) We
have them all. The great John Joyce. John, thank you. (applause) Great job. Thank you, John. Dan Meuser. Thank you, Dan. Thank you, Dan. (applause) Thank you. That looks like Cary
Grant, doesn’t he? Have you ever been
told that, Dan? It’s not a bad
compliment, I must say. Today we have Tom Arnold. In those days, you had
a little different. Those days, you had
Errol Flynn, Cary Grant. A little different. But today we’re doing
better in so many different ways. And, of course, somebody
that fights like you’ve never seen before:
Fred Keller. (applause) Fred. Thank you, Fred. Great. Doing a great job. Thank you all. I mean, these are
fantastic people. And David. Where’s David? Is here there? Where’s David? What happened to him? All right, we won’t
mention his name. He’s in the back. Pretend that I
didn’t say it. When I last spoke at
this conference in 2016, American energy was under
relentless assault from the previous
administration. You know that so well. More than a third of all
of the coalmining jobs had vanished. A moratorium had been
placed on new coal leases on federal land. Drilling and mining on
federal lands was blocked and restricted
at every turn. Desperately needed
pipelines were obstructed and denied. Federal regulations and
bureaucrats were working around the clock to shut
down vital infrastructure projects, bankrupt
producers, and keep America’s vast energies
and treasures buried deep underground. They didn’t want to
let you go get them. So good for the American
people in so many ways. I promised that, as
President, I’d unleash American energy like
never before, because our natural resources do not
belong to government, they belong to the people
of this country. (applause) American energy
belongs to hardworking men and women like you who get
up every day and make this country run. (applause) Today, I’m
proud to declare that I’ve delivered on every single
promise I made to this conference three years
ago, and much, much more. Every one. (applause) Wow. Look at the great people. Thank you very much. (Laughs.) Four more years. Why don’t you
drive them crazy? Go 16 more years; you’ll
drive them totally crazy. (applause) Sixteen
more years. Thank you. Thank you. We’re now energy
independent. Who would’ve thought that? That wasn’t going to
happen for a long time. We’ve ended the war on
American energy, and we’ve ended the economic assault
on our wonderful energy workers. You were under assault for
a long period of time, but no longer. No longer. That’s why we have
to keep it going. Because if you talk about
assault, it was nothing compared to what would
happen if one of these people got in office. What they would do to you
would be unthinkable. And what they’d do to this
incredible profession that you’re in, but this
segment of the economy that’s so big and so vast
and so many jobs, would be just absolutely terrible. Hard to believe they’re
even talking the way they’re talking. And, in many ways, I think
it actually would be worse than they’re even
saying it will be. In the process, we set off
an economic boom of truly historic proportions,
bringing prosperity back to cities and to towns
all across America. Not only energy. Energy was just the first
step in so many other ways. But without energy,
it all doesn’t happen. In my first week in
office, I approved permits for the Keystone XL and
Dakota Access pipelines. (applause) And
that’s a big thing. That was a very, very
unfair situation in the case of Dakota Access. They had built it, except
for one small section. And they weren’t being
given the permits. They’d spent billions
of dollars building it. One small section where it
connects, they were not going to get the permits. And I gave them the
permits and they got it built, and it’s been
operating now and very successfully. And a lot of jobs and a
lot of everything else. And a lot of clean
environment because that’s what it is. And with Keystone
— same thing. They have everything
they need. They need a couple of
little extra ones in one or two states, one state
in particular, and they’ll start. And it’s a combination
of 48,000 jobs on top of everything else. We cancelled the last
administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan. Sounds nice, but
it wasn’t nice. It was a disaster. (applause) Which would
have cost Americans nearly $40 billion a year and
caused electricity prices to soar to double digits,
while cutting coal production by almost
250 million tons. We repealed the Interior
Department’s Stream Protection Rule,
which was a disaster. It sounds so beautiful. It sounds so beautiful,
and it was so bad. Which would have cost
businesses $1.2 billion and was a backdoor attempt
to destroy the American coal industry — which is
now starting to thrive again, which we’re
very happy about. (applause) We revoked the
ridiculous Waters of the United States rule. No longer will federal
bureaucrats be allowed to micromanage every public
pond and drainage ditch on private land. They’ve taken
away your rights. They took away your —
they took away your heart. When I did that, I had
people in my office — I had miners and I had
farmers and I had builders building homes. And many of them were
tough, strong men and women. And almost all of
them were crying. They said, “Sir, you’ve
given our life back to us.” I did it in Minnesota
with the Iron Range. Minnesota — we gave them
back the Iron Range. That was closed by
President Obama. Someday they’ll explain
why they closed it. The finest iron ore in
the world, they say. I withdrew the United
States from the terrible, one-sided Paris
Climate Accord. It was a total disaster
for our country. (applause) And I thought
when I did that, it would be very tough. And all I do is get
applauded for that move, so much. It would’ve been so
bad for our country. They were taking
away our wealth. It was almost as though
it was meant to hurt the competitiveness — really,
competitiveness of the United States. So, we did away
with that one. The Paris Accord would’ve
been a giant transfer of American wealth to
foreign nations that are responsible for most of
the world’s pollution. Our air right now and our
water right now is as clean as it’s
been in decades. Shutting down American
producers — (applause) — the Paris Accord would’ve
been shutting down American producers with
excessive regulatory restrictions like you
would not believe, while allowing foreign producers
to pollute with impunity. They were allowed to do
what they were doing. I’m proud that, today, the
United States has among the very cleanest air and
drinking water on Earth — anywhere on Earth. And we’re going to keep
it that way, because everybody in this room
— you’re in the energy business, but you want the
same clean water and same clean air that I do, that
my family does, your family. So I just want
to thank you. It’s really incredible. But we’re at a very, very
good point environmentally right now. What we won’t do to punish
— (applause) — thank you. Thank you. What we won’t do is punish
the American people while enriching foreign
polluters. Because I can say it:
Right now — and I’m proud to say it: It’s called
“America First.” Finally, it’s called “America
First.” (applause) My job is to represent the people
of Pittsburgh, not the people of Paris. (applause) We’re opening
federal lands and offshore areas for responsible
oil and gas production. And I opened ANWR to
oil and gas in Alaska. You know, the ANWR site is
one of the biggest in the world and nobody could get
it approved, including Ronald Reagan. They could not
get it approved. I got it approved. And it’s one of the — one
of the great potential sites anywhere
in the world. Nationwide, the Interior
Department — thank you, David -has been drilling
permits — and you’ve seen drilling permits increase
by over 300 percent since I’ve been in office. And we are issuing permits
three times faster than when I first took office. And that number is going
up, and we’re doing it in a very environmental
responsible way. David, thank you. Thank you. (applause) Oil production
on federal lands is at an all-time high, and revenue
to the American taxpayer from energy development
has nearly doubled since I took office. Think of that. (Protestors in the
audience.) Thank you. We are streamlining the
EPA’s oil and gas methane rule. Audience: Booo — The President: Don’t pay attention. Don’t pay attention. Saving energy producers
millions of dollars in compliance costs while
maintaining sterling environmental standards
like never before. Yeah, don’t hurt him. Don’t hurt him, please. They don’t know they’re
dealing with very tough people in this room. (Laughter and applause.)
Oh, they don’t know who they’re dealing with. They don’t know who
they’re dealing with. They just don’t
understand. All right. Go home to mom. (laughter) Explain to mom
that you tried to take on very powerful people, and
many of them physically as well as mentally. That’s not a good thing to
do — not in this room. Be careful. Make sure you don’t
hurt them, please. Thank you. We’re also slashing the
time it takes to get a permit for building
critical energy infrastructure into just a
tiny fraction of what it took before. America built the Empire
State Building in just one year. Believe it or not,
in nine months. Can you believe that? They don’t do that today. It should not take 10
years to get the permits to build a road
or a pipeline. We brought that
number way, way down. (applause) way down. And, in Texas, we’re
working very, very hard — very, very hard — to get
those pipelines approved environmentally. And I know my
people are doing it. And, Rick, you’re going to
be giving it to some of the most talented people
that are going to be taking your position. But we’re working very
hard to get those pipelines approved
immediately in Texas, because it would make a 20
percent and maybe even 25 percent increase in oil. And, you know, as I said
before, we’re now number one, not by a little
bit, but by far. Way ahead of Saudi Arabia. Way ahead of Russia. But we can do even
much better than that. (applause) So we’re
working on that. And we’re going to also
work on getting a pipeline through New York. We have to do that. We can’t let them
hold us up like this. (applause) And as I said,
the energy prices in New England, if they allowed
that to happen, could be cut in half. Energy prices in New York
and other areas — we have to have a pipeline
go through. They won’t let it happen. But we’ll do our best. Right? Right, Andrew? Good luck. We’ll get it. We’ll get it. It never made
sense, does it? Can you imagine? They hold it up,
they stop it. They stop it. Never made sense. That’s one —
never made sense. And they don’t drill. They don’t frack. They’re sitting
on a fortune. What they could do — they
could pay off their debt. They could pay off
a lot of things. They could have taxes cut
in half, maybe better than that. So, someday, somebody in
this room is going to sit down and explain me to
what the hell are they doing in New York. What tremendous — what
tremendous potential. (applause) But we’ll be
talking to Governor Cuomo about it. We’ll be talking to some
of the people about it because I know the people
in this room want it to happen because the
prices of energy will go plummeting down. The Interior Department
has already cut the time it takes to complete an
environmental impact statement from more than
five years to less than one year. And the average page
length is down nearly 90 percent. (applause) I know all about environmental impact statements. I’ve done many of them. And then I see the same
consultants that I’m paying up in places like
Albany and different capitals of the states,
and they’re working to make the rules much
tougher so that we have to hire them to
get our permits. But we’re trying to cut it
way, way back because I want you people to
be able to move fast. And you know what? If you have a bad project,
if you a bad road, if you have a bad pipeline, if
you have a bad well, I don’t want you to
get the permit. But you don’t have to
wait for almost an entire lifetime to be told “no.”
We’ll tell you in a year or less. And if you can do it,
we’ll tell you in a year or shortly more
than a year. But we’ve brought roads —
I mean, roads are under consideration for — we
have roads, 21 years, 22 years. They end up costing
many, many times more. Instead of a straight
line, there’s one particular road;
it looks like this. If you’ve had a couple
drinks, you’re in big trouble. (laughter) It ended up
costing many, many, many times the cost. It took 21 years
to get approved. And they circled the
nesting of, you know, things you want to save,
you want to help, but you also have to worry
about ourselves. So they have a road,
instead of a straight line. They have a road that
looks like the Indy Speedway. It’s not a good situation,
and we’re trying to do away with that. And we’re very
close to getting it. But permits that took 17,
18, 19 years, we think we can get — we’re
down to two years. And we think we can
get it around one. And you may get rejected,
folks, but it’s going to be fast. I have a friend who has
been waiting 22 years to get a permit
for something. I said, “You know, he’s
devoted half of his life to getting one permit.”
And then, in many cases, you don’t get them. They vote “no,” by a
vote of three to two. The guy spent 22 years. I told him, I said, “You
got to find another profession.” But now, he
doesn’t, because we’re moving those time limits
up like nobody can believe. At long last, we’re
reclaiming our American heritage as a
nation of builders. You were stopped
from building. They really stopped you. They really stopped
you from building. You know what I mean. (applause) And with the
help of our pro-energy agenda — and, by the way,
you’ll never have another President like me, okay? (applause) You’ll never
have — that’s for sure. You’ll never have another
President that’s going to do this, though. Because I was a builder. It’s what I did the best. I built. I really built good. I built under budget. I built ahead of schedule. You don’t hear those words
too much in government. But I built. And I understand
what you go through. I understand how you’re
ruined, how you’re destroyed. I also understand how bad
it is for our country. But all of you here today
have achieved something that everyone said was
impossible: You’ve helped make America the number
one producer of oil and natural gas on planet
Earth, by far. (applause) Number
one, by far. Number one, by far. And think what that
means for jobs. Think what that — I just
left Louisiana recently. And we opened a $10
billion LNG plant. I don’t know if I’ve ever
seen a longer building. It’s like a sky scraper
laid on its side. It is the most incredible
thing you’ve ever seen. More pipes in that
building that — nobody realized how
complex it is. But it took years and
years, and it was a dead project. And I had it approved
almost immediately. You know what we’re
talking about, fellas. And it just opened. And I went, and we cut
a ribbon, and it’s a tremendous success. And now, I think they’re
going to double the size of that. We’re going to double it. It’s already about the
biggest in the world, but they’re going
to double it. It’s doing
phenomenally well. It sold out for 25 years. You know what that means. It’s like an office
building, except more money. (laughter) Can
you imagine? I never understood that,
when they said it’s sold out — they sold it out. Other countries have
purchased the LNG. But now they’re going to
double it up and they’re going to build
another one. And we have — in Texas,
we have so many things happening. It’s so exciting. We have a tremendous
potential in our country. People don’t realize it. They think we’re
doing well. When these trade deals
become ripe — when we get them finished with
China, where we’re doing fantastically well,
fantastically well. (applause) When we get
them finished with Mexico and Canada — USMCA. When we get some of the
other ones, we — as an example, we finished
it with South Korea. What a difference
that has made. That was a Hillary
Clinton deal. She said, “This will
produce 250,000 jobs.” And she was right, except the
jobs were produced for South Korea, not
for us, okay? (laughter) She didn’t tell
us she meant South Korea. She said, “This is good
for two hundred…” What a horrible deal that was,
our deal with South Korea. We’ve essentially
terminated it and redone it. Brand-new deal. You guys know. And it’s now a
really great deal. But that was a disaster. “Two hundred and fifty
thousand jobs it will produce,” I
remember her saying. And then it turned
out that it was for a different country. We don’t like
those deals, do we? (applause) For the first
time in more than 60 years, we are an
exporter of natural gas. And our net energy imports
are the lowest level in more than 60 years. (applause) So, you know,
on the Straits — the famous Straits, where they
make so much money, and we protect everybody. We don’t get paid, but
we’re starting to get paid a lot. But, you know, other
people need those Straits. We don’t need
them much anymore. They were saying, “How
come American ships are doing so well?” Because we don’t have too
many of them going over there anymore. Isn’t that amazing? We don’t have too many
of them — dangerous territory. We don’t have too many
of them going over. My administration has more
than doubled approvals for LNG exports, and it’s
going much, much higher than that in the pipeline. (applause) I look forward
to seeing even more brand-new LNG facilities
built with American labor and American steel. (applause) Audience: USA! USA! USA! The President: You know,
with the pipelines that we approved, I said, “I want
them to use American steel.” Like on Keystone,
I said, “I want them to use American steel.” And
they came to me, they said, “Sir, we
have a problem. They already bought it. They’ve got it. They just can’t get their
permits.” Can you believe it? They had the pipeline. And so it was a little bit
tough to say, “Bury it.” And we went — so I gave
them a little break. What am I going to do? But we’ll write
right on the bottom. Somebody said, “Well,
that’s a little bit complex.” I said,
“No, it’s not. Give me a pen. ‘You must use American
steel.'” (laughter) And we’re doing that more
and more and more. (applause) Right? Our guys are doing that. To restore American
manufacturing, we’re reversing decades of
disastrous trade policies that devastated our
working-class communities. Pennsylvania lost one in
three — can you believe that? And it’s actually a higher
a number; we want to be conservative. Because with the fake
news, I have to be very conservative. (laughter) Otherwise,
they’ll say, “He didn’t tell the truth. He didn’t tell the truth.”
So we’re very conservative with these numbers. The fake news. But Pennsylvania lost
more than one in three manufacturing jobs after a
twin disaster took place, and that’s NAFTA and
China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization. That was a disaster. China was mainlining. And then, all of the
sudden, it went up like a rocket ship because of a
certain politician that came up with the
idea for the WTO. That was not a good idea. It may have been worse
than NAFTA, and I never thought anything could
be worse than NAFTA. We’re standing up for
our great workers. And America is winning,
winning, winning once again. And we’re winning. We’re winning. (applause) And we’re
respected again. We’re respected. You know, respect is
a part of winning. We’re respected
again, as a country. We’re not laughed at. And it’s getting more
and more that way. And you know it,
and I know it. And, you know, most
importantly, other countries know it. They know it. (applause) After losing
60,000 factories — so, when I first saw that
number a few years ago, I said, “That can’t be
right.” I got to be careful, because I have
these people back here. And they’ll say,
“It’s not 60. It’s like 5.” Right? It’s 60,000. So I had it researched
and checked. And you know it’s right
when they never correct you. I’ve been saying
it for years. (laughter) It’s true. It has to be right. Otherwise, they’d say,
“He’s not telling the truth.” But after losing
60,000 — it’s not even possible to believe that
much — 60,000 factories under the previous two
administrations, we’ve now gained nearly 10,000
new factories under my administration, under the
Trump administration. (applause) And NAFTA, that
we’ve been talking about, will be replaced with the
USMCA, which will really be a historic win for
American energy producers, farmers, and factory
workers of all types. The Do-Nothing Democrats
in Congress, including Democrat Conor Lamb —
Audience: Booo — The President: This guy talks
so nicely about me. He’s, like, got my policy,
except for one problem: He never votes with me
— never, ever, ever. They want to take
away your guns. Conor Lamb wants to
take away your guns. Audience: Booo — The
President: They want to take away your energy. That one you know, right? So, Conor Lamb — right
here from Pittsburgh. And I appreciate — Conor,
whoever you are — I have no idea what you
even look like. (laughter) But there’s
some guy named Conor Lamb who speaks very nicely
about — you know why? Because you’re in
like a Trump district. (applause) No, it’s right. It’s true. Right? “No, the President
is excellent. He’s doing a good job.”
I thought he was a Republican until
I found out. (laughter) I thought — I
said, “This guy’s got to be a Republican.” But
he never votes with us. That’s the only thing
that matters, right? We don’t get his vote. But we have to stop this
Democrat insanity and get back to work. We have to pass the USMCA. And, by the way, I have
to tell you something. There’s a guy named
Sean Parnell, who is a fantastic military man. Brilliant. Got everything going. And I heard, fellas
— maybe my genius congressman can tell me —
I hear that Sean is going to — Sean Parnell is
going to run against Conor Lamb. That will help the
energy business a lot. (applause) And
he should win. He should win. And Sean will vote for us,
and he’ll work for us. Industries are racing back
to America because we’ve made this the best place
in the world to hire, to invest, build,
and to grow. We’ve enacted fair trade
policies, unlocked affordable energy,
cut a record number of job-killing regulations,
and made our tax code globally competitive. Our taxes were a disaster. You couldn’t compete
with other nations. Since our tax cuts were
passed — the largest tax cuts in the history of our
country — the Democrats want to raise your taxes. I don’t know, how does
that work, politically? I haven’t figured
that one out. They want to
raise your taxes. I talk about tax cuts. They say, “No, we want to
raise your taxes.” You know, they’re vicious
and they stick together. But they’re lousy
politicians, I will tell you. (applause) It’s true. They got two things. They’ve got two things:
They stick together and they’re vicious. Their policies are
horrible: open borders, sanctuary cities, take
everyone’s guns away. Audience: Booo — The
President: But they do — they stick together. They don’t have a Mitt
Romney in their midst. They don’t have the Mitt
Romneys of the world. They stick together better
than the Republicans do. I love the Republicans. Ninety-four and
ninety-five percent approval rating they
gave me recently. But still, they don’t
— they don’t stick. We got to stick together. We got to stick together. (applause) Right? Since our tax cuts were
passed, nearly $1 trillion have returned from other
countries back home, where it belongs. Think of it: We’ve gotten
$1 trillion — trillion, with a “T” — $1 trillion
back from overseas, from other countries that,
instead of spending the money over there —
the reason was it was prohibitive; you
couldn’t do it. It was bureaucratically
impossible and the tax rate was so high,
nobody would do it. Now the money is pouring
back into our country, and they’re using it for lots
of different things. One trillion dollars. It’s going to be
much more than that. Massive new investments
are bringing thousands of energy jobs to states like
Ohio and West Virginia that we mentioned,
that we love. New Mexico, which I think
we’re going to win. You know why we’re going
to win New Mexico? Because they want
safety on their border. And they didn’t have it. And we’re building a wall
on the border of New Mexico, and we’re building
a wall in Colorado. (applause) We’re building
a beautiful wall, a big one that really works,
that you can’t get over, you can’t get under. (applause) And we’re
building a wall in Texas. (applause) And we’re not
building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit
of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana
is incredible. We have a great
race in Louisiana. The governor turned out
to be not very popular. We have a race between a
great Republican and a governor that has not done
a good job — high taxes, horrible insurance. They can do so
much better. We have a great Republican
running in Louisiana. You’ve been watching
that the last week. Indiana, Michigan,
Tennessee, Pennsylvania — so many states,
such potential. Such potential for growth. Two months ago, I traveled
to Beaver County, not far from us today —
(applause) — where Shell — anybody here
from Shell? Shell? Where Shell is making the
largest investment in Pennsylvania’s history. Think of that. That’s a big investment. (applause) Their gigantic
new petroleum plant and petrochemical plant —
it’s the biggest — one of the biggest in the world
— will create more than 600 new Pennsylvania
jobs and thousands and thousands of construction
jobs, and provide a tremendous boost to the
local economy, to put it mildly. A similar $10 billion
investment will soon, we believe — got to get a
little more push — be coming to the great
state of Ohio. They’ll like that. Great people in Ohio. (applause) Great. And our goal is to bring
100,000 — that’s a lot of jobs — energy jobs to
Appalachia, and to rebuild this magnificent region. And it is a magnificent
region with magnificent people, which was
forgotten for too long by the Democrats. And they’d get votes. The Democrats
would get votes. And remember what I said? “What do you
have to lose?” I said it to Appalachia,
and we did tremendously. I said it our great
African American community. I say, “What do
you have to lose?” You have the most crime. You have the
worst education. You have the lowest
home ownership. You have all of these
horrible statistics, I’m reading. And then I said, “What
do you have to lose?” Now, the African American
community has the lowest unemployment numbers
in the history of our country. (applause) They have the
best employment numbers in the history of
our country. They have their best
poverty numbers in the history of our country,
in the positive sense. And I think we’re going to
do great with the African American community and
the Hispanic community — which has its best numbers
that they’ve ever had. Their median income —
Hispanic median income is the highest it’s ever
been: over $50,000 per person. (applause) And all of
those people that came out and they came out to vote,
they’ll never be forgotten again. The Democrats are trying
to figure out: Where the hell did they
all come from? It was something. You know, a number
just came out. I don’t know if you saw. Moody’s — respected. And it said that, under
the Bush administration, for eight years, median
household income went up $400. That’s over eight years. Okay? So, remember:
$400, eight years. Under President Obama,
median household income went up $975
over eight years. Over your favorite
President — (laughter) — President Donald J. Trump — (applause) —
median household income, for two and a half years
— so remember this: eight years, eight years, 400
bucks — 400 bucks. You don’t even — that
gets wiped out by inflation. Four hundred dollars. Nine hundred and
seventy-five dollars. In two and a half years,
our number is $5,000, plus $2,000 for the tax cuts. Seven thousand dollars. (applause) How do
you lose that debate? How do you lose that one? (applause) When you’re up
debating, how do you lose those debates? But we’re very proud
of those numbers. Very, very proud of what’s
happened with unemployment for African American,
for Asian and Hispanic. The numbers are the best
in the history of our country. With American energy
once again powering our prosperity, the United
States has the hottest economy recognized by
everybody, anywhere on Earth. These leaders from other
countries — prime ministers, presidents,
kings, queens, and dictators — they just
don’t want to be known as a dictator. Actually, some do, but
they don’t want to be known as a dictator. But they come in and they
say, “President, we’d like to congratulate you on the
economy.” They’re trying to copy us. I say, “It won’t work.”
Because we have the greatest people on Earth. We really do. We have the greatest
people on Earth. I really believe that. (applause) Since the
election, we’ve created more than 6.4 million new
jobs, including more than 240,000 jobs in Ohio,
West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. (applause) A beautiful
number is that more than 2 million Americans have
been raised out of poverty, taken
out of poverty. Wages are rising and they
are rising the fastest of all — a lot of you people
are going to like this — for the blue-collar
workers. The best proportion
of anybody. (applause) Blue-collar. In the first half of this
year, wages for the lowest income workers increased
by more than 6 percent — an unheard of number. Unemployment is at the
lowest rate in more than 51 years. Joining us today are a
few of the hardworking Americans who are thriving
thanks to America’s booming energy sector. Andrea Brownlee owns
and operates a trucking company that services the
natural gas industry. Andrea — she’s seen
growth in her company. She’s seen growth in the
energy industry like she never thought
was possible. Could you come up and
say a few words please, Andrea? (applause) Thank you. Ms. Brownlee: Thank
you, Mr. President. Thank you. I grew up here in
the Ohio Valley. The daughter of a
steelworker, still actively farming on my
grandfather’s farm. (applause) I own Brownlee
Trucking, a small business providing logistic
services to the ever-growing natural gas
industry here in Western Pennsylvania, which has
allowed us to provide more jobs and opportunities to
provide quality health insurance and benefits
for our employees. Because of the policies
and support of natural gas, we have seen amazing
growth in the industry and a future with good-paying
jobs for our children here at home and Western
Pennsylvania. (applause) Thank you. The President: Great job. They like you. Great job. Thank you, Andrea. Rawley Cogan is a
biologist and president of the Keystone Elk
Country Alliance. I assume that’s no
relationship to the Keystone pipeline. (laughter) It’s supposed
to be a great charity that works to conserve
Pennsylvania’s beautiful elk population. Rawley, I wish you’d come
up and tell us a little bit about your partnership
with the energy industry and how it’s been so
incredible for American wildlife. Rawley, please. Thank you. Thank you. (applause) Mr. Cogan:
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen,
don’t let this hat fool you. I’m a born and bred,
Pennsylvania-proud country boy. (applause) Energy and
conservation — what do they have in common? Strong partnerships and
a stewardship ethic. About two hours north of
here is a 2 million-acre block of public land. And, by the way, I came
down here yesterday in a vehicle powered by
compressed natural gas. (applause) Yeah. A 2 million-acre block of
public land, two hours north of here, called the
Pennsylvania Wilds — it’s the size of Yellowstone
National Park. It’s a home to the
easternmost wild elk herd in the United States,
Pennsylvania’s elk herd. In my career as an elk
biologist, I have worked with this industry
for 37 years. We enhanced pipelines. We lined. We fertilized. We mowed. We planted high-quality
forage for elk and other wildlife. Pennsylvania’s elk herd
has grown from less than 100 elk in 1982, to
over 1,100 elk today. (applause) And elk
are a big attraction. Thank you. Elk are a major
attraction. The Keystone Elk
Country Alliance is a Pennsylvania-based
501(c)(3) wildlife conservation organization. We operate and manage the
Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. We do that in partnership
with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since opening the Elk
Country Visitor Center in September of 2010, we have
welcomed over 3.3 million visitors to
our front door. (applause) Thank you. Those visitors generate
$250 million annually in economic development,
primarily in food, transportation,
and lodging. The natural gas industry
has been a longtime supporter of
Pennsylvania’s Elk Country. They have contributed
significant dollars to Pennsylvania’s Elk Country
and also to the Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s
educational programs, as well as our
habitat projects. But most compelling to me
are the leaders of this industry — the people
I’m looking at right now. They care deeply about our
natural resources; I’ve watched it for 37 years. They care deeply about our
environment, because it’s who they are. They’re from Pennsylvania,
they’re from Ohio, they’re from West Virginia, and
they’re from all over this country. They go on vacation in
our natural resources. They take their
families there. That’s where they
go to disconnect. I have all the confidence
in the world that they’re going to continue to be
good stewards of our environment. (applause) Energy
and conservation. There are longstanding
partnerships and I value our partnerships. I applaud your
conservation ethic. And I am genuinely
appreciative of your leadership,
making our country energy-independent. Thank you. And thank you,
Mr. President. (applause) The President:
Thank you, Rawley. Thank you. Thank you very
much, Rawley. Finally, Bonnie Moore
runs a farm in southwest Pennsylvania that has been
in her family for more than two centuries. That’s a long time. That is a long
time, Bonnie. Over the years, Bonnie
could do nothing but watch as economic decay drained
her community of its vitality. It drained her community
of its people and its wealth. But now it is springing
beautifully back to life. Bonnie, please come up and
tell us about what’s going on. Please. (applause) Ms. Moore: I
have lived in Washington County, PA, all my life
on the Moore homestead. Prior to this
administration, the area was declining in
jobs and population. The farmers had to work
an outside job to support their farms. After this administration
unleashed regulations on the oil and gas industry,
our area boomed. (applause) We had job
growth, supply-chain growth, and the landowners
were compensated for allowing the energy
companies to use their properties. (applause) As a result,
it has helped many landowners,
including ourselves. We were able to purchase
another adjacent farm with the compensation these
energy companies provided, updating buildings
and equipment. I want to thank
President Trump and his administration for
revitalizing and saving our area and America. (applause) The President:
Thank you, Bonnie. See what you’re
doing, fellas? What a great job
you’re doing. Thank you very
much, Bonnie. A thriving energy industry
not only benefits hardworking Americans like
Andrea and Rawley and Bonnie, who live in shale
country; it’s also an enormous benefit to
citizens all across our country, all
across our land. According to the Council
of Economic Advisers, who cannot even believe the
numbers and the success that we’re having, the
astonishing increase in production made possible
by shale and the shale revolution saves Americans
$203 billion every year, or $2,500 for a family of
four in lower electric bills, lower prices,
and at the gas pump. So now you can add that
$2,500 on to the $7,000. I think I’m going to do
that from now on, if you don’t mind, Mr.
Congressman. I think we’re going to do
that, because now you add it on, and you’re getting
close to $10,000 a year, compared to $400
and to $975. That’s a big difference. I think we have
to add it on. We’ll add it on, right? (applause) Why not? But despite these terrific
benefits, many politicians in our country are
targeting your industry and your jobs for,
literally, total destruction. Whether you like it or
not, that’s where they’re going. I don’t know; Is
it on purpose? Is it stupidity? Is it through evil? How could it be possible
that they do this? Virtually every leading
Democrat has pledged to entirely eliminate fossil
fuels, wiping out American production of oil, and
coal, and natural gas, and, by the way, jobs. These Democrat plans would
obliterate millions of American jobs, devastating
communities across Pennsylvania and
bankrupting families all across our nation. As long as I am your
President, that will never, ever even come
close to happening — not even a chance. (applause) Thank you. Anti-energy zealots are
blinded by ideology. Democrats want to ban
shale energy, but shale energy has reduced
America’s carbon emissions by 527 million
metric tons per year. So what are they doing? A much better record than
the European Union, which is always telling
us how to do it. We should be telling them
how to do it, based on our economy. The radical policies of
Democrats in Congress would result in massive
layoffs, exploding energy prices, and a gigantic
gift to our foreign adversaries. Oh, they want us to do
it so badly, because our businesses would no longer
be competitive with their businesses. Some people think that
that’s why they come out with all of these schemes. Our vision is the exact
opposite of what they want to do. Our vision is pro-worker,
pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-energy, and 100
percent pro-American. (applause) Thank you. We believe the United
States should never again be at the mercy of a
foreign supplier of energy. We were at their mercy
for many, many decades. We are committed not only
to energy independence but to American
energy dominance. (applause) And the path to
that future starts right here in shale country,
with all of you — the proud patriots of
Pennsylvania and Ohio and West Virginia. You’ve always been loyal
to America and I will always be loyal to you. The job you’ve
done is incredible. (applause) In every action
I take — from defending American energy, to
securing American borders, to ending the endless wars
— I am fighting for your interest, your families,
and your countries above all others. We’re fighting for you. We have to fight for you. And we’re fighting for you
— and remember that — above all others. We were calling it, “Make
America Great Again.” We’re calling it now,
“Keep America Great.” We will keep it going. (applause) And finally, as
your President, we will always put America first. (applause) Thank you. From the first days of our
nation, the true sources of American greatness has
always been hardworking, faithful citizens
just like you. The extraordinary workers
of this region are the ones who forged the steel
that shaped our city skylines, and mined the
coal that powered our industries. They farm the fields, man
the assembly lines, and loaded those railcars. They gave their best each
and every day to build the proudest and mightiest
nation the world has ever seen. And we have never been
stronger — economically, militarily — than
we are right now. Our military has been
completely rebuilt. (applause) Audience: USA! USA! USA! The President: It was
their labor and their sweat that fueled
America’s rise. And it’s your sweat and
your skill and your soul and your love that are
fueling the greatest comeback, by far, in
American history. That’s what we’re doing —
greatest comeback we’ve ever seen. (applause) We are stronger
today than ever before. And we will be even
stronger tomorrow. You have to see what we
have planned for our great country. (applause) Because we
are one united team, one united people, and one
United States of America. (applause) I will never
stop fighting for you because I know that you
are the ones who are rebuilding our nation. You are the ones who are
restoring our strength. You are the ones
renewing our spirit. And you are the ones who
are making America greater than it has ever
been before. And it’s not even close. And congratulations to all
of you, our great energy people, for what you’ve
been able to accomplish, especially in the
last three years. Thank you. God bless you. And God
bless America. (applause)

Robin Kshlerin

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