President Barack Obama did everything he could to stop it, but now, under Donald Trump, the U.S.A. has become the world’s top oil producer, according the the U.S. Department of Energy.
Crude oil production has soared in the U.S. in the last few years, so much so that America has jumped ahead of Russia to become the world’s top producer.
According to the Associated Press:
The Energy Information Administration said Thursday that the U.S. produced more than 11.3 million barrels a day in August, a 4 percent increase over the old record set in July.
Russia’s energy ministry estimates that country pumped 11.2 million barrels a day in August. OPEC reports Saudi Arabia pumped 10.4 million barrels a day.
It’s the first time since 1973 that the U.S. leads the world in oil production.
According to the report, Texas is the oil leader making up about 40 percent of U.S. oil production.
This could not have happened with President Obama in office. In fact, it didn’t. In 2016, as Obama was wrapping up his destructive 8 years in office, Forbes magazine called him “one of the most anti-energy presidents in U.S. history.”
“As if to put an exclamation point on this perception, last week the Obama Administration intervened to block an easement for the nearly completed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL),” Forbes wrote. “This intervention was despite the fact that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers had previously approved the easement across the Missouri River, and despite the fact that multiple pipelines already cross the river.”
And, remember, Obama spent his entire presidency trying to destroy the Keystone XL pipeline.
Even left-wing Politico reported in 2015 that Obama was engaging in a “quiet war on oil.”
“The newest phase of Obama’s environmental agenda has the oil and natural gas industry in its crosshairs,” Politico wrote, “with plans to curb greenhouse gas pollution from rigs and refineries, tighten oversight of drilling on public lands and impose a strict ozone limit that industry lobbyists slam as ‘the most expensive regulation ever.'”
Obama did his level best to destroy America’s energy industry. Well, traditional (meaning usable) energy, anyway. On the other hand, he wasted billions on useless “green energy” companies, most of which went belly up after stuffing our tax dollars into their pockets.
It took Trump to do all this. Once again, Trump is making America great again.
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