Rick Perry urges more conversation about the unsettled science of climate change

01 July, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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"This gives access to affordable, reliable energy in the United States, and gives the US a major competitive advantage".

Also on hand was Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

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But President Donald Trump wants to change that.

US presidents have for decades sought to make America energy independent. "I agree with them it's nonsense", he added. While man is "having an effect" on climate, he said, "most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in".

The planet's average surface temperature is about 2 degrees higher than it was in the late 19th century and scientists say the change was largely driven by increases in greenhouse gases, NASA has said. "We just got a recipe for it this morning, but I'm still not quite sure what it means", she said.

Four other renewable energy organizations, representing power sources like hydro, geothermal and biomass, wrote to Perry supporting the study, saying "federal and state support" such as tax credits and state renewable energy goals have prioritized wind and solar, to their detriment.

As Bloomberg reported: "The fact that we're no longer in the age of energy scarcity - that we're in the age of energy abundance - positions the United States in a totally different place", said Dave Banks, a special assistant to the president for global energy. So why not have a conversation about that, ' Perry said.

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Renewable energy industry lobbyists and allies in both parties have peppered the DOE with complaints about the study, though their comments also serve to promote their favored fuel sources, indicating the stakes of the report. "I asked you the official Trump administration position", he said.

Earlier this month, the EIA said that the USA stayed on top as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year, ahead of Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Commissioner Colette Honorable, who announced earlier this week that her last day at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would be Friday, also suggested that changes to the USA energy mix are due to market forces. "And one of those, I would find it really interesting - our French friends are very comfortable getting 76 percent, thereabouts, of their energy from nuclear, and I can assure you they're very fond of getting it at the rate they're getting it".

"We are working to find the right balance so we have a diverse supply of energy that is clean and affordable and a grid that is safe and reliable".

"We're trying to absorb and digest" what dominance is, she said.

President Trump on Wednesday promised to usher in a "golden age of American energy dominance", pledging that his administration will lift regulatory restrictions that hamper coal mining and oil drilling. Merchant power companies and industry experts have long said that economics favor natural gas.

While observers do not expect Republicans to embark on an effort to rescind tax breaks for renewable power, like the production tax credit for wind, Perry said earlier this week that everything should be on the table when discussing tax reform.



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