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Blowout: Inside America's energy gamble

How Washington unleashed fossil-fuel exports and sold out on climate

The Trump administration has its predecessor to thank when it comes to “energy dominance.”

By Jie Jenny Zou, Center for Public Integrity
The Trump White House has capitalized on fossil-fuel exports first made possible by the Obama administration. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is shown here on August 2, 2017 welcoming his predecessor, Ernest Moniz, during the unveiling of Moniz’s portrait.

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On August 2, 2017, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry presided over the unveiling of an oil portrait of his predecessor, Ernest Moniz. The painting highlights some of Moniz’s published work, including a seminal study, “The Future of Natural Gas.”

‘All of the above’

Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. took an “all of the above” approach to energy that emphasized drilling alongside renewable sources like wind and solar. Obama is shown here at an April 28, 2016 press conference.

‘Level the playing field’

On January 4, 2016, ConocoPhillips became the first company to export U.S. crude oil following the reversal of a 40-year-old ban. The Theo T is shown exiting the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas with an inaugural shipment, headed for Europe.
The Trump Administration has pursued what it calls “energy dominance.” Pictured from left to right on June 29, 2017: former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, energy expert Daniel Yergin, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

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