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Trump appointees offer muscular support for oil and gas

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The Trump administration is promising to slap a testosterone patch on the oil and gas industry to help it bend nature and the world to its will.

“How do we incentivize American energy dominance? And I choose my words carefully: dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared. “There is a difference in energy independence, and there is a difference in energy dominance. We’re in a position to be dominant. And if we, as a country, want to have national security, and an economy that we all desperately need, then dominance is what America needs.”

Zinke is a convincing emissary for President Donald Trump’s macho approach to public policy. The former college football player spent nearly half of his address to the Offshore Technology Conference touting his background as a Navy SEAL commander. As a congressman, he voted consistently against applying new regulations to the oil and gas industry.

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Written by Chris Tomlinson for The Houston Chronicle

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