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Energy 2017: Unleashing America's full energy potential

"Energy 2017: Unleashing America's full energy potential -- in all of its forms" is a Special Report prepared by prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

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President Trump's first 100 days on energy and the environment

Shortly after Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, took down a webpage dedicated to fighting climate change and replaced it with "An America First Energy Plan."

EPA is putting American workers first

When President Trump came to EPA to sign an executive order ending the "war on coal," he was flanked by Pennsylvania coal miners. Hosting coal miners at EPA headquarters in Washington served as a stark contrast to the past administration, to be sure.

An 'America First' energy policy holds 3 powerful benefits

The Department of the Interior is the steward and manager of America's natural resources, which in addition to national parks and grazing lands also includes oil, gas, clean coal, hydro, solar and other renewable energy sources.

Energy goals: Jobs, production, modern infrastructure -- and good environmental stewardship

American consumers deserve safe, secure and efficient energy that's affordable and meets the needs of the 21st century economy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has already begun work on a pro-domestic energy policy that will improve our nation's energy infrastructure, create jobs and reduce energy bills, but much more needs to be done.

Fossil fuels are vital to America's energy future

President Trump's commitment to fossil fuels could mark a turning point in America's energy future. Certainly, expanded federal support for coal, natural gas and petroleum would create jobs for workers engaged in field construction, coal mining, petroleum and natural gas extraction, transportation and other industries.

UA workers: Ready for 'epic' energy, infrastructure resurgence

The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA) is a multi-craft union that represents over 340,000 members in the United States and Canada. Our members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems and many of them work at refineries, power-generating facilities and petrochemical plants.

Fuel cell vehicles available for sale or lease today in California. Image courtesy of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association.

Fuel cells -- The 'Triple Crown' winner for America's energy future

America appears divided about almost everything, but there are three generally accepted goals that transcend partisanship: energy independence, environmental stewardship and America's economic security. Today's rapidly growing fuel cell industry plays a role in achieving all three — a true Triple Crown contender.

The need for federal energy innovation

The human genome project, shale gas revolution, nuclear energy, touchscreens and the discovery of dinosaur extinction have something in common: They all owe their success to the Department of Energy and its predecessors.

Technological advances, like the fuel cell technology used in the Bloom Energy Server* or Bloom Box, combine with traditional sources of energy to provide a wide spectrum of clean, reliable and affordable electrical solutions for customers. Source: University of Delaware, WGL Energy.

Natural gas, plus renewables, light the path toward a bright energy future

The global energy landscape continues to experience dramatic changes as we approach the third decade of the 21st century, providing us with immense opportunities to strengthen the energy sector — and our nation. Advancements in technology have made natural gas more abundant, renewable energy sources more accessible and enabled energy companies to fine-tune their solutions to address specific needs and desires of customers.

Production  at the Stone  Coal  Alma  #2  Mine in  the  Elk Creek  project  in Logan County, West Virginia. Photo courtesy  of Ramaco Resources, Inc. For more information about this company, please visit

Clean coal technologies: Vital for U.S. energy security, export opportunities

It remains undeniable that West Virginia and the United States have an abundance of natural resources, and throughout our history, we have used and relied on these resources, particularly coal, to build and defend the nation. But for the last eight years, we had to work with an administration that denied just how important coal is to keeping America secure.

Clean coal must be part of our energy future

Over the last eight years, America's coal industry has withstood a withering attack from unelected bureaucrats in Washington. While our Constitution makes it clear Congress writes the laws, the president enforces them and the courts interpret them, the Obama administration was determined to impose its radical climate-change agenda by relentlessly governing through executive orders and bypassing Congress.

Why we can all agree on nuclear energy

Renewed interest in nuclear energy is a point of discussion among lawmakers and scientists alike. Of all the topics on which Washington can come together, what is it about nuclear energy that draws us?

Aerial view of north end of the Yucca Mountain crest in February 1993. Image courtesy of Department of Energy.

Yucca Mountain: Finish licensing process on nuclear waste storage

As the former deputy general counsel of the Department of Energy during the Reagan administration, serving with Secretary Jim Edwards, I know the department has very competent personnel and we are fortunate for the leadership of Secretary Rick Perry.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The plant processes up to 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste per year while producing enough power for 44,000 homes. Image courtesy of Babcock & Wilcox.

The many benefits of 'turning trash to power'

When formulating public policy, regulators and lawmakers should consider the many benefits of using municipal waste as fuel for power generation (aka waste-to-energy technology) — including cost-competitiveness with other forms of energy, environmental performance that is comparable to natural gas, greenhouse gas reduction, encouragement of recycling programs and greater reliability than many other forms of renewable energy.

U.S. hydropower: Room to grow in renewable energy production and water storage

For millennia, humankind has harnessed the power of water. The ancient Romans developed the earliest water wheels to grind grain into flour. In modern times, hydropower emerged as an affordable, clean, and reliable source of renewable energy. Advancing the development of hydroelectricity generation as well as increasing water storage capacity should be a national priority in the interest of American energy independence and drought mitigation.

Look to the U.S. West to see 'all-of-the-above' energy production

One of the most commonly discussed themes I've heard during my time in Congress is the idea of an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. This term is tossed around by Republicans and Democrats alike more than a baseball at a Diamondbacks game.

States' role in the Trump-era energy revolution

Throughout the first 100 days of the Trump administration, policymakers in energy-producing states have seen many positive improvements emerging out of Washington, D.C. For example, the onerous Waters of the United States rule, Stream Protection Rule and the Clean Power Plan are all going away.

It's time to rethink ethanol mandates

This year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that 15 billion gallons of ethanol be added to gasoline. As a result, most gasoline contains about 10 percent ethanol.

Leading in the new energy reality

Cyclical market volatility will continue to be standard in the energy industry. An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended cycle of the current downturn — now being characterized as "lower for longer" — has revealed a new reality in the energy sector that will change leadership imperatives for the foreseeable future.