The United States is in a position "to be able to clearly create a hell of a lot more friends by being able to deliver to them energy and not being held hostage by some countries, Russian Federation in particular", Perry said.
"America will be allowed to access the vast energy wealth located right off our shores", Trump said. Trump said the pipeline, which will deliver 108,000 barrels of refined petroleum a day, would "go right under the wall, right?"
Indeed, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicted in January before Trump's inauguration that the US would become a net energy exporter by 2026. In his speech, Trump said the USA would approve an additional natural gas terminal, opening of some offshore drilling and a new oil pipeline to Mexico.
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Indeed, the U.S.is now the world's leading producer of natural gas and is No. 3 in the world in oil production - a dramatic turnaround from even a decade ago. His administration will also perform a complete review of nuclear energy policy and seek to address barriers to financing coal plants overseas, as well as opening up offshore drilling.
"Trump's risky "energy dominance" scheme is to pillage and plunder every corner of this country to make corporate polluters richer", said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity.
He pledged to reduce restrictions on natural gas, coal, offshore oil and gas leasing and defended his decision to withdraw from the "one-sided" Paris Agreement, although he mentioned the possibility of re-signing the deal with more advantageous terms for the U.S. US oil and gas production have boomed in recent years, primarily because of improved drilling techniques such as fracking that have opened up production in areas previously out of reach of drillers.
"We're going to be an exporter", Mr. Trump continued.
The president said he "didn't take any heat" over the pipeline approvals, despite subsequent climate-themed protest marches having attracted about 200,000 people to Washington DC.