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Jul 31 2017

Trump uses Coal Exports as Wedge Against Russia (Washington Examiner)

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Trump uses coal exports to Ukraine as wedge against Russia

The Trump administration on Monday praised Ukraine’s decision to begin importing more U.S. coal for the winter heating season, saying the country no longer will be forced to rely on Russia for its energy needs.

“In recent years, Kiev and much of Eastern Europe have been reliant on and beholden to Russia to keep the heat on,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry. “That changes now.”

Perry was responding to a contract reached between Pennsylvania-based Xcoal Energy and Resources and Ukraine’s state-owned Centrenergo utility company.

“In the past, Russia has tried to choke off opposition to its ambitions by restricting the flow of natural gas to its western neighbors,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a joint statement with Perry. “Under President Trump’s leadership, I look forward to working with Secretary Perry and others in industry and government to further expand American exports in support of our goals of keeping this country safe and promoting robust economic growth.”

The announcement came after Congress passed a bill last week imposing sanctions on Russia, which President Trump has indicated he will sign. The bill created new tensions between Russia and the U.S., with the Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing that several hundred American diplomatic staff will be asked to leave the Russian Federation.

“In today’s turbulent world, geopolitical turmoil can create uncertainty for nations without access to an abundance of their own natural resources,” Perry added in his statement on the coal deal. “No one knows this more than Ukraine. The United States can offer Ukraine an alternative, and today we are pleased to announce that we will.”

He said U.S. coal “will be a secure and reliable energy source” for Ukraine’s Centrenergo utility and its customers. “This announcement will also boost our own economy by supporting jobs in the coal and transportation industries,” Perry added.

“This administration looks forward to making available even more of our abundant natural resources to allies and partners like Ukraine in the future to promote their own energy security through diversity of supply and source,” he said. “Partnerships like this are crucial to the path forward to achieve energy dominance.”

The announcement comes after the federal government reported that demand for U.S. coal exports is surging in Europe despite apprehension in the continent over the effects that burning coal would have on global warming.

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  • “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. This gives access to affordable, reliable energy in the United States, and gives the U.S. a major competitive advantage.”
    – Dave Banks, Special Assistant to President Donald Trump for International Energy, June 2017
  • “It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.”
    – Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, March 28, 2017
  • “Historically, U.S. companies seeking to expand their revenues focused first on increasing their number and share of U.S customers. For years, this focus served as a winning strategy for many of the most successful U.S. companies. Today, global economic trends make clear that successful companies are those that reach and sell to consumers outside U.S. borders and around the globe.”
    — 2011 National Export Strategy, U.S. Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee
  • “Federal regulatory agencies should not require climate change studies in the course of their permitting processes for proposed facilities. Coal will be consumed around the world regardless of U.S. trade policy. The only question is whether the coal is produced here in North America, where environmental standards are high, or elsewhere.”
    — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, January 7, 2014
  • “At present 19% of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity and on New Policy Scenario projections there will still be 1 billion people without such access in 2030. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2015, 395 million more people need access to electricity. There is a strong correlation between electrification and improvement in the United Nations’ Human Development Index.”
    — International Energy Agency, Coal Industry Advisory Board
  • “Access to electricity is strongly correlated with every measurable indicator of human development”
    — Berkeley Science Review, 2008

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