Perry condemns ‘stubborn opposition’ to fossil fuels

Source: By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry opened the World Gas Conference in Washington Tuesday morning by criticizing “stubborn opposition” to fossil fuels and hyping natural gas as key to the future energy mix because it produces only half the carbon emissions as coal.

“There is still stubborn opposition to natural gas and other fossil fuels,” Perry said in his opening speech in between splashy performances by the Blue Devils Marching Band and the Harlem Globetrotters. “The opposition exists even as fuels become cleaner and natural gas increases its share of use. These opponents flatly reject the all-of-the-above strategy that is helping us achieve energy security.”

Ready to serve: Perry referred to an emerging trend he often cites of developing nations needing more energy, and how the U.S. can deliver “cleaner” fossil fuels. The U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas combined because of the shale boom, a transformation that Perry called an “astonishing energy miracle.”

Get on board: He said that by 2040, fossil fuels will comprise 75 percent of the world’s energy use.

“The answer is not to exclude oil and gas and coal from world’s energy mix,” Perry said. “It’s too include, for the sake of national security, for the sake of environmental progress, for the sake of our fellow human beings. We must honor the right of every nation to use every available fuel at their disposal. I wish I can tell you the entire developed world is on board with our vision. They are not.”

Innovation key: Perry also promoted the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda and praised energy companies for improving emissions reduction through innovation.

“Rather than punishing fuels that produce emissions through regulation, we seek to reduce emissions through innovation,” he said. “Innovation has helped us drastically reduce fuel emissions. Our goal is to continue to reduce emissions going forward.”