The America First Energy Conference took place on November 9, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel (Galleria) in Houston, Texas. The purpose of the conference was examine the scientific, economic, and political foundations of President Trump’s America First Energy Plan.
The conference featured 41 presentations – including recorded remarks by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) – and live speeches by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Vincent DeVito, Counselor for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Interior.
Video of every keynote and panel presentation is below. Download a PDF of the conference program here.
Panel 1A: Climate Science
Why doesn’t the America First Energy Plan mention global warming or carbon dioxide? Two leading climate scientists explain how the latest climate science and data show human activity – specifically the burning of fossil fuels – is not causing a climate crisis.
Panel 1B: Energy and Prosperity
“Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy.” Three panelists explain why affordable energy and economic prosperity are inexorably linked. Fossil fuels have made today’s prosperity, indeed modernity itself, possible.
Panel 2A: Energy and National Security
“Boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest.” What are the national security implications of achieving “global energy dominance”? Having a reliable and inexpensive supply of energy is an important key to U.S. military power.
Panel 2B: Protecting the Environment
“Our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment.” The use of fossil fuels and protecting the environment are not in conflict with each other, but go hand in hand. This panel will explore how the use of fossil fuels creates prosperity, which ensures a cleaner environment.
Panel 3A: The Shale and Gas Revolution
“The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans.” How much oil and gas lie beneath our feet? Can it be produced safely? What will it mean to consumers and the economy?
Panel 3B: Peace Dividend: Benefits of Ending the War on Fossil Fuels
On November 1, 2016, candidate Trump said he would save $100 billion over eight years by cutting all federal climate change spending.” Was he right? What would be the “peace dividend” produced by ending Barack Obama’s war on fossil fuels?
Panel 4A: The Future of Coal
The War on Coal is over thanks to the end of the Obama era and the election of Donald Trump. Listen to a coal company executive an an energy economist talk about the future of coal with a discussion moderated by Heartland Senior Fellow Fred Palmer, himself a former coal company executive.
Panel 4B: Energy, Climate and Human Health
“President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.” Does increased production and use of fossil fuels pose a danger to human health? This panel will explore the latest data on particulate matter and other criteria pollutants and their effect on public health and safety.
Panel 5A: The Cost of Excessive Regulation
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry.” The feds and the states have piled on innumerable regulations on the energy industry during the past two decades, often imposing huge costs while producing negligible benefits. These panelists believe the Trump Administration is right to roll back these regulations.
Panel 5B: The Endangerment Finding
“The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources.” Can the president keep this promise without rescinding EPA’s “endangerment finding”? What steps must be taken to do this?
Panel 6A: Energy and Agriculture
“Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.” This panel examines how restrictions on fossil fuels harms farmers and ranchers in the United States, and reports the surprising data showing the enormous economic benefits produced by “aerial fertilization” of crops by carbon dioxide.
Panel 6B: Reforming EPA
“Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.” Has EPA drifted away from its core responsibilities? How can the Trump Administration return EPA to its core mission and root out the agency’s environmental extremists?