2018 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MONTANA PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION
America is Open for Business – Secretary Ryan Zinke
In 500 days, President Donald
Trump has gotten America back
pilot light on American energy.
President Trump has delivered major
victories for the American people.
e President’s tax cuts have helped
create a booming Trump economy,
and the President’s commitment to
infrastructure has set the conditions
necessary for American prosperity.
Since President Trump took o ce, we have become a net exporter
of natural gas for the rst time in 60 years. We are also on pace to hit
an all-time monthly record for oil production, averaging a projected
10.8 million barrels of oil produced per day in 2018, and we have
surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest producer of
oil and natural gas.
is momentous set of accomplishments is a testament to the renewed
strength of the American energy and infrastructure sectors,
combined with the “America-First” leadership of President Trump.
When the President asked me to be his Interior Secretary, I was
humbled. Moreover, as the rst-ever United States Cabinet Secretary
from Montana, I was excited to bring the Treasure State’s values to the
President’s team. Montanans know that public land can and should
be used in a variety of ways. Expanding public access to public lands
is a top priority of mine as Secretary; all Americans should have the
opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Americans should be able to
bene t from these lands, including from our Country’s abundant and
a ordable energy resources.
ere are three reasons why American energy production is so important:
it is in our economic, environmental, and security interests.
First, on the economic side, American energy production creates jobs.
In the State of Montana, oil and gas have long been sources
of prosperity. Production of these energy resources has
unlocked the American Dream for many Montana families.
Since President Trump took o ce, we have held numerous lease sales for
oil and gas production out of the Bureau of Land Management’s Montana
State O ce, including in June 2017, September 2017, December 2017, and
a fourth recently in March 2018. I do not believe in selling or transferring
public lands; instead, we should be able to pursue our multiple-use mission
on our lands “for the bene t and enjoyment of the people.”
Second, when it comes to our environment, it is better to produce
energy in America under our regulations, and using our technologies
and innovation, than to watch it be produced overseas, potentially
subject to little or no regulation. No country in the world is better at
clean energy innovation than the United States. e American regulatory
framework ensures accountability. For an energy future that
achieves the greatest good over the longest term, we have to incorporate
industry innovation, best science, and best practices into our regulation
to improve reliability, safety, and environmental stewardship.
An “all-of-the-above” strategy is important. Here in Montana,
we have a stellar record of diverse energy development;
from oil and natural gas to sources like coal, wind,
solar, and hydropower, and we continue to lead the way.
of the Interior
on the right track. As Secretary of
the Interior, it has been an honor
to work for the President to restore
public trust in the Federal Government,
responsibly steward our public
lands and waters, and re-light the