U. S President Trump Initiates America First Energy Plan

With less than a week in office, the U.S president was already trumping on energy matters!

Following updates on the WhiteHouse.gov website, significant amendments relating to climate change and energy were made in less than an hour after the new U.S president took his oath of office on Saturday morning Australian time.

A page that detailed climate change was removed from the Executive Branch’s main web site and moved to the archive site. The new page appeared as “An America First Energy Plan“.

The page remarked that President Trump is dedicated to “eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies” including the Climate Acton Plan, which set a 2013 goal of doubling renewable power generation. Had it been adopted, the plan would have compelled all Federal buildings to source 20 per cent of their energy supply needs from renewables starting 2020.

“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry,” the summary says.

The page with the America First Energy Plan says the Trump Administration will embrace the gas and shale oil revolution and revive the coal industry in America.

Surprisingly, the policy summary makes no mention of solar power, wind energy or renewable energy in general.

During the Obama Administration, the United States’ solar capacity rose from 1.2GW capacity of solar energy in 2008 to a staggering 31GW. Wind power grew from 25GW capacity to a whole 75GW.

Advertisment - Learn more

The United States hit one million solar rooftops by mid of 2016. It took the country decades to get the first million, but the advancement in clean energy technologies, it’s likely that the next million will only take a couple of years.

According to the latest report from the Department of Energy, 373,807 Americans worked in solar manufacturing, distribution and installation as well as in the provision of professional services within the sector. To date, the wind technology sector in the USA has employed a total of 101,738 workers.

Despite the American First Energy Plan summary sounding a bit discouraging with regards to renewables, the industry’s future doesn’t seem gloom and doom after all.

“Environmental rules and government subsidies are no longer the key drivers for clean power. Economics are,” says a November article published on Bloomberg.

Prior to leaving office, the journal science published an article by Barack Obama highlighting four reasons why the former U.S president believes the current trend toward renewable energy is irreversible.

IMAGE via Gage Skidmore

The Author

Hi, my name is Erin and I am a journalist, content creator and editor working within the Public Relations department at Australian Solar Quotes. I am passionate about the continuously developing renewable energy industry. I am eager to educate others about the benefits and advancements of sustainable living, and I encourage you to join the conversation by leaving a comment below.

X
- Enter Your Location -
- or -
×

Peter from Sugarloaf, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 4 hours ago!

Murray from Narre Warren, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar about 5 hours ago!

Brian from Frankston South, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar about 6 hours ago!

Daniel from Nichols Point, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar about 6 hours ago!

Darryn from Arana Hills, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar about 7 hours ago!

cwqcc from Albert Park, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar about 9 hours ago!

Adam from Vaucluse, NSW asked for 3 quotes for solar about 12 hours ago!

john from Edens Landing, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 16 hours ago!

Mohammad from Albion, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar about 20 hours ago!

deepti from Maddingley, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

deepti from Maddingley, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Adrian from Mackay, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

mike from Melbourne, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Ernest from Hampton Park, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Vishal from Piara Waters, WA asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Steve from Hampton, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!

karanjot from Tarneit, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!

karanjot from Tarneit, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!

Amanda from Evans Head, NSW asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!

Martin from Pakenham, VIC asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!