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AEA Statement on the Bears Ears National Monument Interim Report

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle has issued the following statement regarding Secretary Zinke’s 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument:

“The Antiquities Act allows the president to designate archaeological sites and historical landmarks as off-limits to development, but stipulates that the protected space shall encompass ‘the smallest area compatible with proper care and management.’ Barack Obama stepped beyond that boundary with his Bears Ears designation by granting unnecessary protection to 1.35 million acres—an area nearly as large as the state of Delaware.

“The Bears Ears monument designation was one of the final actions taken by the Obama administration—and one of the most telling. The designation took land out of the hands of Utahans and placed it into those of the federal government. By reducing the size of the monument, the Trump administration will rightfully return to the people of Utah the power to use the land in the manner that best suits their interests. Energy development, land stewardship, and recreation are all important considerations; this decision respects that importance and gives agency to the people for whom Bears Ears has the most significance.”

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AEA Commends President Trump for Keeping His Promise to the Forgotten Man

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle has issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump has a very clear vision of making this country a champion of energy development and economic progress. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement reinforces his commitement to that vision and the American Energy Alliance applauds him for doing so.

“The Paris Agreement was a bad deal from the start. It committed the U.S. to unilateral economic disarmament by saddling the economy with unnecessary regulations and would have driven energy costs sky-high for American families. Further, U.S. taxpayers would be on the hook for billions of dollars to subsidize green energy projects around the world.”

“By keeping his promise to cancel our involvement, President Trump has taken another positive step toward resetting a generation of failed energy and environmental policies. Withdrawing from the Paris deal signals to the world that America is committed to economic prosperity at home and lifting millions of people out of energy poverty abroad.”

Projections run by NERA Economic Consulting show that the Paris Agreement’s concomitant regulations would result in staggering losses. In NERA’s core scenario, the U.S. GDP loss would be about $250 billion in 2025 and increase to about $420 billion per year on average. The cumulative loss would be about $4 trillion between 2022 and 2031. NERA reports that, “The losses become larger in the long run as the ‘mid-term’ deep decarbonization target constrains the economy significantly. The U.S. economy could lose about 6% of its GDP on average between 2034 and 2040 amounting to a loss of greater than $2 trillion annually and a cumulative loss of $14 trillion.”

Meeting our so-called nationally determined contribution of a 28 percent reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2025 would have required inundating our economy with a flood of new and heightened regulations. Estimates by the Heritage Foundation hold that the agreement would have cost the United States an overall average shortfall of nearly 400,000 jobs, an average manufacturing shortfall of over 200,000 jobs, a total income loss of more than $20,000 for a family of four, an aggregate GDP loss of over $2.5 trillion, and an increase of between 13 and 20 percent on the average household electricity bill.

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AEA Launches StopParisAgreement.org

WASHINGTON – Today the American Energy Alliance (AEA) launched a new initiative urging President Trump to keep his promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. The initiative, hosted at StopParisAgreement.org, asks citizens to voice their concerns to the president by signing a petition demanding America withdrawal from the U.N. climate deal. American Energy Alliance President and former Trump DOE transition team leader Thomas Pyle has issued the following statement:

“Remaining in the Paris Climate Agreement would be an ‘America last’ approach—quite the opposite of what Donald Trump promised during his bid for the presidency. We urge President Trump to protect American families and businesses from unnecessary and burdensome climate regulations by withdrawing from the Paris deal.

“President Trump’s energy vision is to give American companies more freedom to explore and develop our vast natural resources, deliver lower cost electricity to American families, and remove the regulatory straightjacket that has hamstrung businesses both large and small. The Paris Climate Agreement would make that all more difficult by handing control of our energy destiny to foreign bureaucrats and their demands for increasingly stringent emissions limits and massive taxpayer handouts to pay for ‘green energy’ ventures in developing countries.

“President Trump has promised to represent the best interests of the American people; those interests entail a withdrawal of the United States from the pact signed onto by the previous administration.”

Click to here visit StopParisAgreement.org.

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President Trump’s Budget Prioritizes American Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle has issued the following statement on the White House budget proposal:

“President Trump’s budget, dubbed The New Foundation for American Greatness, has many of the elements required to live up to that ambitious billing. At a fundamental level, this budget reconsiders and aims to restore the appropriate relationship between the government and the American taxpayers. By taking a taxpayer-first approach, the Trump administration signals to the American people that money will no longer be wasted in Washington on the pet projects of bureaucrats and cronies.

The budget requests $28 billion for the Department of Energy—a welcomed reduction of 5.6 percent from 2017’s annualized CR level. This figure ensures the Department’s core functions remain funded while trimming superfluous and uneconomical programs. For example, over the course of the next 10 years, the budget purports to halve the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which will save $16.5 billion. The SPR is a relic from an era of undue supply concern; we now know, of course, that the United States sits atop billions of barrels of oil waiting to be tapped. One geographic area in particular that is flush with natural petroleum reserves—around the order of 10 billion barrels—is the Alaskan arctic region. Encouragingly, this budget anticipates oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge starting in 2022, which will not only shore up domestic supply, but also fill government coffers with leasing revenue.

Even more promising than the DOE reductions, the 2018 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency is just $5.7 billion—a whopping 31 percent reduction from the 2017 annualized CR level. The lower budget will prompt EPA to focus its attention on the issues of highest national priority, while releasing power for many regional initiatives back to states and municipalities.

President Trump’s campaign built much of its support by promising to shake things up in the nation’s capital. This budget does just that. For the first time in recent memory, the executive branch is adopting the perspective of the American taxpayers. With that perspective comes a much-needed shrinking of the Washington spending machine.”

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Senate Fails to Protect American People from Methane Regulation

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate failed to move forward on a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s costly methane regulation. American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“The Senate just squandered an opportunity to protect American workers and families from a regulation aimed at making energy more expensive. The evidence against this regulation is overwhelming. Not only does this regulation fall outside of the BLM’s jurisdiction, but the energy sector is already significantly reducing methane emissions without this top-down directive from the federal government. The cost of complying with this regulation will ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American people. Fortunately, the fight isn’t over. It’s now up to the Trump administration to do what the Senate failed to do and protect the American people from this unnecessary and costly regulation.”

Click here to read Tom Pyle’s recent op-ed in Morning Consult.

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Coalition Urges Trump to Withdraw from Paris Climate Treaty

WASHINGTON – Today, the American Energy Alliance (AEA) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), along with 38 free-market and conservative organizations, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to keep his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all taxpayer funding of United Nations’ global warming programs.

The letter outlines how the agreement is a treaty that commits the U.S. to actions that are contrary to President Trump’s energy agenda and not in the interest of the American people.

“Remaining in the Paris Climate Treaty would undermine the Trump administration’s efforts to protect American families from unnecessary and burdensome climate regulations,” said Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance and former head of Trump’s DOE transition team.

“The treaty is based on the idea that from now on developed nations like the U.S. must live with less and pay more. That is not the American way,” said Pyle. “President Trump’s ‘America First’ energy plan is about making energy more affordable and giving Americans more say over their energy choices. The Paris treaty stands in the way of achieving that goal. It’s time for President Trump to fulfill the promise he made to the American worker and withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Treaty.”

The letter argues the plain language in the Paris treaty does not allow the U.S. to renegotiate or lower our commitment to reducing the usage of fossil fuels, but instead would require more ambitious commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions every five years in perpetuity. Further, failing to withdraw from the Paris treaty exposes key parts of Trump’s deregulatory energy agenda to unnecessary legal risk.

“The Paris Climate Treaty is an all pain for no gain agreement that will produce no measurable climate benefits and exacerbate energy poverty around the globe,” said Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment and former head of Trump’s EPA transition team. “The Paris treaty undermines American democracy and allows foreign bureaucrats to determine the direction of U.S. domestic economic and energy policy. Its main goal is to build a green industrial complex on the backs of American consumers and taxpayers.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Click here to read IER’s analysis on why the U.S. should withdraw from the agreement.

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Coalition Urges Senate to Pass Methane CRA Resolution

WASHINGTON – Today the American Energy Alliance and a coalition of free-market and conservative organizations sent a letter to the Senate urging them to pass the Congressional Review Act resolution nullifying the Bureau of Land Management’s methane regulation. Below is an excerpt from the letter:

This regulation comes with a high price tag. The American Action Forum estimates that this rule will cost roughly $297 million per year ($1.8 billion in total). The methane rule will decrease energy production on federal lands, leading to fewer revenues from royalties and higher energy costs, not to mention lost jobs. This regulation runs completely counter to the pro-growth agenda many of you ran upon in the 2016 elections.

The rule is entirely unnecessary. The EPA found that methane emissions fell by 13 percent from 2011-2014. The EPA also found that methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing fell 81 percent between 2012 and 2014. This drop in methane emissions occurred even as U.S. oil and gas production has significantly increased due to the shale revolution.

The oil and gas sector has been so successful in reducing methane emissions from venting and flaring, in part, because methane itself is a valuable resource that producers capture and sell. It is in their best interests to reduce methane emissions. Forcing this one-size-fits-all regulation on an industry that is already substantially reducing methane emissions is unnecessary and costly.

Some Senators have voiced concerns that CRA method precludes future regulations. This concern is misplaced. The rule, as written, is meant to regulate methane emissions for air quality. However, BLM only has the authority to regulate waste—the EPA regulates air quality and already has a methane regulation in place. Regardless of your position on the regulation, it is clear that the BLM is far afield from its jurisdiction.

AEA President Thomas Pyle also issued the following statement after reports that Senators Grassley and Thune may hold the resolution hostage over an ethanol waiver:

“The methane CRA resolution would protect American families and workers from an unnecessary and costly regulation. It is irresponsible and a disservice to their constituents for Senators Grassley and Thune to hold this resolution hostage over an ethanol waiver. The House passed this resolution more than two months ago and it’s past time the Senate does the same.”

Click here to read the full coalition letter.

Click here to read Tom Pyle’s recent op-ed in Morning Consult.

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AEA President Discusses Fuel Economy Mandates on Voice of America

American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle was recently interviewed by “Voice of America” to discuss federal fuel economy mandates. You can view the full segment below:

AEA’s Tom Pyle Discusses Energy Policy in the Trump Administration

American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle recently joined the show “Devil’s Advocate w/Jon Caldara” to discuss federal energy policy under the Trump administration. You can watch the full interview below:

President Trump’s Energy Executive Order Puts Americans First

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement about President Trump’s executive order on energy and climate policy:

“President Trump’s executive order should be welcome news for America’s middle class and those living in poverty, who would be hardest hit by the previous administration’s harmful climate regulations. Americans depend on affordable, reliable electricity for their livelihood, but regulations like the Clean Power Plan would send electricity prices skyrocketing. Not only would this regulation harm Americans’ pocketbooks, but it would have virtually no impact on global average temperatures.

“On top of being a morally bankrupt regulation, the Clean Power Plan was an unprecedented power grab by the previous administration that was built on a shaky legal foundation. This executive order won’t get rid of the regulation overnight, but it’s an important first step that reaffirms President Trump’s commitment to protecting American families from higher energy costs.

“President Trump is standing up for American coal miners by ordering the Interior Department to lift the arbitrary and unnecessary ban on new federal coal leases. This action is crucial for putting coal miners back to work producing our country’s vast coal resources. It’s clear that the Trump administration is serious about reviving America’s energy sector, awakening our economy, and creating jobs for people who were cast aside by the previous administration.

“The Trump administration’s decision to review the ‘social cost of carbon’ is a victory for anyone who favors sound rulemaking. The social cost of carbon is an arbitrary and speculative metric that should never have been used to shape federal energy policy.

“Missing from this executive order, however, is any mention of the Paris climate agreement or the endangerment finding. We urge the president to fulfill his campaign promises to remove the U.S. from the Paris agreement and to review the endangerment finding. Though more challenging, it is crucial that the Trump administration address these two important issues. Failure to do so could risk the remainder of President Trump’s attempts to rein in the regulatory state and undo the harmful climate policies of the previous administration.

“There is still much more work to be done to reset the Obama administration’s punitive climate policies, but today’s executive order is a critical step forward.”

Click here to read the Institute for Energy Research’s formal comment on the Social Cost of Carbon.

Click here to view President Trump’s responses to AEA’s candidate questionnaire.

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