Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump was in Pittsburgh Thursday as the keynote speaker at Shale Insight. He first addressed the violence happening in Charlotte currently, and what he says is a need for more police officers to subside violence across the county, before calling for a dramatic expansion in domestic energy exploration, combined with a dramatic scale-back of regulations meant to protect the environment and public land.
“America is sitting on a treasure trove of untapped energy,” Trump said. “Some $50-trillion in shale energy, oil reserves, and natural gas on federal lands, in addition to hundred of years of coal energy reserves. It’s all upside for this country: more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, high wages, and lower energy prices.”
Trump mentioned Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “putting coal miners out of work” speech nearly half a dozen times, saying under a Clinton Administration restrictions and prices would go up. A message local, Ohio Valley officials in attendance say hits home.
“Donald Trump was spot on. It’s nice to have and refreshing to have a presidential candidate understand what we’ve been dealing with in this area,” said Harrison County Executive Director of Community and Economic Development, Nick Homrighausen.
Issues such as, what some believe is an overreach of the EPA. Trump says he want streamline it’s permitting process.
“I will refocus the EPA on it’s core mission of ensuring clean air and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans,” he said.
“I liked it all. It was very informative. It was very informative from the panel and I liked his speech, too,” said Harrison County Commissioner Bill Host.
That panel, discussed regional, tri-state collaboration prior to Trump speaking. It had political representation from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, including Senate President and gubernatorial candidate, Bill Cole, as-well-as Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor.