Trump Praises Shell's $6 Billion Petrochemical Project in Latest Visit to Pennsylvania

Reuters, August 14, 2019

President Donald Trump told workers on Tuesday at a $6 billion petrochemicals plant being built in western Pennsylvania that more big U.S. energy projects were coming as his administration rolls back environmental regulations.

This is just the beginning,” Trump told workers wearing hard hats at Shell’s ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. “My administration is clearing the way for other massive, multibillion-dollar investments.”

He praised the Shell plant as part of “the revolution in American energy that’s helping make our economy the envy of the world” and said the project would have never happened without him, although its final permits were issued before he was elected in 2016. Trump won Pennsylvania in that election by less than 1 percentage point, and he has visited the state often ahead of the 2020 vote. The Trump administration is pursuing a policy of “energy dominance” that seeks to maximize oil, gas and coal production in part by slashing regulations.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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