In Poland, Trump ignores renewables, touts U.S. as alternative to Russia for fossil fuels

Visiting Warsaw, Poland Thursday President Donald Trump spoke early and often of the U.S. supplying more oil and natural gas to Europe, and made no mention whatsoever of renewable energy or the U.S. stance on climate science.
In Poland, Trump ignores renewables, touts U.S. as alternative to Russia for fossil fuels

Trump is expected to get an earful on his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord when he meets with G-20 leaders earlier this week, but he during his first stop in Europe, he showed little sign of softening the blow or touting any form of clean, green energy.

In fact, several news outlets in the U.S. are reporting that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has launched the formal process to review and challenge mainstream climate science. The critique will reportedly be modeled on how the U.S. military identifies battlefield vulnerabilities.

Admittedly, much of Trump's message in a speech before thousands in Poland focused on international security in the face of "radical Islamic terrorism."

During his remarks, he went so far as to question whether the West has the "will" to fight for "civilization" and "our way of life." He also spoke at length about North Korea and the need to respond forcibly to its recent test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

As he met with various leaders in Poland Thursday morning, he also swathed his comments on energy in terms of "stability and security."

In a statement, the White House said while meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Trump "expressed support for timely completion of the Krk Island liquefied natural gas facility."

Trump also slapped at Russia during his speech in Warsaw, saying he wants to make sure Poland and its neighbors are "never again held hostage" to a single supplier of energy.

Russia is one of the largest suppliers of energy to the European Union.

Poland received its first shipment of American liquefied natural gas last month. Trump said he's eager to expand that relationship and the U.S. ratchets up  its efforts to export energy.

The Croatian leader has been a driving force behind the initiative to diversify the region's energy supply and make it less dependent on Russian energy sources.

Russia has in the past used its gas and oil exports as a tool to exert political pressure. Trump pledged that the United States will never use energy to coerce eastern and central European nations.

Polish President Andrzej Duda  said  he hopes his nation will "soon" sign a long-term contract for U.S. liquefied gas deliveries that will help it cut dependence on Russian imports.

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