As a candidate for president in 2016, Donald Trump unveiled his America First Energy Plan—a bold proposal to transform the United States beyond mere energy independence. His goal was to make America a global energy powerhouse again. (Read the plan here.)


Trump has already turned back years of Obama’s anti-energy policies, allowing the United States to once again emerge as a global energy leader. This is an amazing turn of events, one that would have been impossible had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election.

To discuss this remarkable moment in history, The Heartland Institute is gathered the country’s best energy policy experts, as well as key players in the industry, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas on Thursday, November 9, 2017, for its America First Energy Conference. It’s an event that explained what has happened, and more importantly, what comes next. (Watch all the presentations and speeches here.)

Heartland’s America First Energy Conference featured more than two dozen speakers, who presented on eight panels and three plenary sessions. Hundreds of people attended, including state legislators, state think tank leaders, private sector government relations and policy analysts, and many of Heartland’s thousands of supporters.

If you’ve ever been to one of Heartland’s International Conferences on Climate Change, you know our events drill down to the core of serious policy issues. At the America First Energy Conference, we examined — one year and one day after Trump’s shocking Election Day victory — the following:

Where does Trump’s America First Energy Plan stand?

How much progress has been made in implementing it, and what remains to be done?

What scientific and economic evidence is there that the plan is putting the nation on the right path for economic growth, environmental protection, or both?

The program included prominent elected officials (including two from Trump’s administration) and leaders from America’s energy industry.

There’s no doubt the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has created a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform U.S. climate and energy policies. Trump’s America First Energy Plan lays out the rationale for and important first steps of that transition — and Heartland’s research and outreach has helped inform that plan.