Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
(White House) Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.
For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.
Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.
The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.
In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.
Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.
A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality. READ MORE
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Excerpt from The Hill:
At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination. READ MORE
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Biofuels Play a Role in Military Energy Security
by Callie Fishburn* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At the January 12th
Pew Project-sponsored conference," Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases," the subject of biofuels and their contribution to military energy security failed to come up. The conference, held at the Pew Charitable Trust building in Washington D.C., featured short presentations from the Assistant Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy.
Each secretary detailed their plans to strengthen energy security at military installations, and briefly addressed the likely future of energy development under the new administration. The recurrent theme of the event was protecting vulnerable power grids, upon which military bases depend, from physical and cyber-attacks.
Although biofuels were not highlighted during the conference, each of the assistant secretaries affirmed the continued importance of biofuels as a method of energy security. According to Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Dennis McGinn, the Navy plans to continue purchasing biofuel for its Great Green Fleet, and he believes the future of biofuel lies in bulk solicitations from private companies.
The Army is also invested in biofuels, and has formed a partnership with Hawaii Electric. The Hawaiian firm is currently constructing a 52-megawatt biofuel plant at Scofield Barracks, which it hopes to have operational by 2018. Assistant Secretary of the Army, Katherine Hammack, acknowledged that the decreasing cost of biofuels have made them a “viable alternative.”
The Air Force also has a vested interest in continuing to work with biofuels, because as Assistant Secretary Miranda Ballentine asserted, approximately eight billion of the Air Force’s nine-billion-dollar budget goes toward jet fuel. The Air Force has taken steps to certify all its aircraft to operate on several types of fuel, including biofuel blends, and has conducted extensive tests on a variety of biofuels.
The conference concluded with a presentation from Chief Scientist of Noblis, Dr. Jeff Marqusee, about current research into energy security measures. Although Dr. Marqusee said that his firm is not currently working on any research or development related to biofuels, he acknowledged their growing potential as an alternative fuel.
The primary solution to energy security that he offered in his presentation, was the installation of microgrids as a more resilient alternative to standalone generators. Microgrids are a system of distributed energy resources (which can include any available on-site power source) that can operate independently of the commercial grid. According to Noblis research, diesel microgrids are cheaper and more reliable than standalone generators. Could these diesel microgrids and the military’s current diesel generators eventually be made to run on biodiesel? Dr. Marqusee admitted that it is certainly possible, but will depend heavily on cost, and improving biodiesel’s long-term storage capability.
*Callie Fishburn, an Environmental Science and Policy student at Hood College in Frederick, MD, interned with Advanced Biofuels USA during the winter break preparing educational materials and covering this event.