The American Energy Alliance (AEA) gave Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump its endorsement, adding that the billionaire’s policy will lead to a renewed era of economic prosperity.
The AEA said Tuesday that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate would peel back many of President Barack Obama’s energy policies, including those that regulate fossil fuels.
“Donald Trump has put forth a plan that would move our country forward by opening up more federal lands and waters for energy exploration of all kinds, utilizing cutting-edge technologies to tap into our vast resources, unwinding the Obama administration’s harmful regulations, and subjecting the Paris Agreement to the scrutiny it deserves,” Tom Pyle, the group’s president, said in a statement Tuesday.
Pyle added: “These policies will usher in an era of prosperity that will strengthen our economy, put more money in the pockets of American families, and lift many struggling Americans out of poverty.”
Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, “offers the American people a plan that would move our country backwards — hurting all American families, but especially the poorest among us,” the statement read.
Trump outlined in May an energy policy focused on increased oil development, as producing more natural gas and coal. He has also promised rolling back Obama policies and completely eliminating any dependence on imported energy, essentially giving U.S. oil president over foreign energy.
The real estate mogul turned presidential candidate has consistently dismissed global warming as “a total, and very expensive, hoax,” and calling it “mythical,” and a con job. Trump told The Washington Post in March that he is “not a great believer in man-made climate change.”
The presidential election has caused a great deal of angst among many environmentalists, most of whom fear a Trump presidency would spell the end of the Paris climate agreement forged in December.
“Think about the impact of the coming U.S. presidential elections,” French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, said at the meeting. “If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption.”
“We must not think that everything is settled,” he added.
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