Factchecking Trump's Energy Boasts click 2x
At a meeting on hurricane preparedness, President Donald Trump took credit for U.S. energy production milestones that have been expected for years, and misstated the facts in the process: Trump said the U.S. is now “the largest energy producer in the world. Who would have thought?” The White House cited a January report by the International Energy Agency that said the U.S. could become the No. 1 crude oil producer this year. That’s not new. The IEA predicted in 2012 that the U.S. would become the No. 1 oil producer by 2017.Trump said that “we’re now exporting energy for the first time.” At the same meeting, Trump also said the Department of Interior owns “almost half the United States.” The president, who has made energy a priority for his administration, made his remarks on energy and federal land during a White House meeting on 2018 hurricane preparedness. Trump went around the table to praise each member of his Cabinet. Trump, June 6: [Y]ou’re doing a fantastic job at Energy. Wrong.
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