Rick Perry promotes wind week while interior touts coal and fracking

Source: By John Siciliano & Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday was busy tweeting about the top five states for wind energy, while a top Interior Department official was addressing climate skeptics on efforts to advance mining and drilling.

Joe Balash, Interior’s mining and lands chief, gave the closing keynote Tuesday night at the Heartland Institute’s America First Energy Conference in Louisiana.

Among the highlights, Balash called the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, a “four-letter word” and declared the “war on coal” over.

He touted the end of the Obama-era moratorium on coal leasing, which was rolled back as part of the Trump energy dominance agenda.

‘Market should figure it out’: “When it comes to coal, we don’t think the Department of the Interior, or anyone in the federal government, should be picking winners and losers in the energy space,” he said. “We believe the market should figure that out.”

Perry promotes wind energy: Just a few hours earlier, Perry tweeted a list of the five states leading the country on wind energy. He was promoting a national industry event called #AmericanWindWeek, one of the largest renewable energy industry events this summer. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was even given an award Tuesday for his support of the wind sector during one of the dozens of events associated with week-long promotion of wind.

Texas and Iowa: Not surprisingly, Perry’s home state of Texas and Iowa lead the country on wind. Oil and natural gas hub Oklahoma was number three, beating California. Kansas is ranked fifth, according to Perry’s tweet.
Before that, the Energy Department tweeted out a schematic on “how wind turbines work,” which is also connected to #AmericanWindWeek.

Jobs: On Monday, Perry tweeted that wind energy was part of the administration’s New Energy Realism, supporting over 100,000 jobs. “Wind energy is an important part of America’s all-of-the-above energy future,” he said.