Quotes in descriptions below come from President Trump’s America First Energy Plan.
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Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp followed by the keynote address by Joe Leimkuhler, vice president of drilling at LLOG Exploration, on “Global Energy Dominance: Is it Possible?” Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 7:55 a.m. Joe Leimkuhler, LLOG Exploration Presentation – Can the U.S. Dominate Energy (PDF | PowerPoint)Click for more information on 'Breakfast Plenary Keynote'
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.Click for more information on 'Panel 1A: Climate Science'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 1B: Energy and Prosperity'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 2A: Energy and National Security'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 2B: Protecting the Environment'
“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?Click for more information on 'Panel 3A: The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution'
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?Click for more information on 'Panel 3B: Peace Dividend: Benefits of Ending the War on Fossil Fuels'
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry talks about how to keep the oil and gas industry thriving in his home state. Alan Chamberlain, Ph.D., president of Cedar Strat and former geologist for Exxon, Marathon, Gulf and Placid, speaks about energy exploration in the Great Basin.Click for more information on 'Lunch Plenary Keynotes'
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.Click for more information on 'Panel 4A: The Future of Coal'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 4B: Energy, Climate, and Human Health'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 5A: The Cost of Excessive Regulation'
“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?Click for more information on 'Panel 5B: The Endangerment Finding'
“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.Click for more information on 'Panel 6A: Energy and Agriculture'
“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?Click for more information on 'Panel 6B: Reforming EPA'
Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp introduced Vincent DeVito, counselor for energy policy to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. DeVito delivered the keynote address focusing on the future of energy and environmental policy in the Trump Administration. Heartland CEO Joseph Bast delivered closing remarks. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) delivered a recorded address to the audience.Click for more information on 'Dinner Plenary Keynote'