Energy Dominance

Maximizing our country’s natural resources and becoming less reliant on foreign energy imports is key to America’s national security.

America First Policies believes that maximizing the use of our country’s natural resources and, in turn, becoming less reliant on foreign energy imports is key to America’s national security. The path to U.S. energy dominance requires protecting domestic energy producers from unfair foreign competition; exporting American energy, including coal, natural gas, petroleum, renewables, and nuclear, to other countries; building pipelines to safely transport energy resources; and helping key allies meet their energy needs. Unlocking our country’s energy potential to grow the economy, create good-paying jobs, and improve the standard of living for all Americans will make America stronger economically. And a strong economy protects and sustains American security.

The Facts:

  • By 2022, the U.S. is expected to be on course to challenge Australia and Qatar as the largest exporter of natural gas, according to the International Energy Agency.
  • The natural gas and oil industry are key pillars of our economy. In 2015, these industries supported 10.3 million jobs and contributed more than $1.3 trillion to the United States economy.
  • Coal remains an important source of energy to provide power to American families at affordable prices. 31% of all power generated in the United States is expected to come from coal in 2017.
  • The United States’ 99 nuclear reactors produced 805 billion kWh in 2016, almost 20% of total electrical output. Nuclear energy is cheap, clean, and provides over 100,000 well-paying American jobs.
  • According to economic analysis, the Clean Power Plan advocated by the former administration would have seen consumers pay an additional $214 billion in energy costs by 2030, and 45 states would have seen a double-digit rate increase in wholesale electricity cost.
  • More than 2.6 million miles of pipelines deliver 65 percent of the nation’s energy, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but existing pipelines do not connect newly developed oil reserves to the places where this energy is most needed.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission found that unfairly priced foreign imports of solar power cells are hurting domestic solar cell manufacturers.
  • The Congressional Research Service found that the economy plays a dual role of providing the resources to help ensure the physical security of Americans and of generating employment and income to help ensure the economic security of households. It notes there is scarcely an economic policy issue before the Congress that does not affect U.S. national security. Likewise, there is scarcely a national security policy issue that does not affect the economy.


Dick K. Nanto, Coordinator, Specialist in Industry and Trade, “Economics and National Security: Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy,” Congressional Research Service, January 4, 2011,

Linking Energy and U.S. National Security, University of Texas at Austin,

2017 State of American Energy, American Petroleum Institute,

Annual Energy Outlook 2017, With Projections to 2050, U.S. Energy Information Administration, January 5, 2017,

Coal Facts, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, May 2017,

Justin Worland, “President Trump Says He Wants ‘Energy Dominance.’ What Does He Mean?,” Time, June 30, 2017,

Index of U.S. Energy Security Risk, 2017 Edition, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, September 27, 2017,

Nuclear Power in the USA, World Nuclear Association, October 12, 2017,

Ana Swanson, “To Protect U.S. Solar Manufacturing, Trade Body Recommends Limits on Imports,” New York Times, October 31, 2017,

Brian Clark Howard, “Keystone XL Pipeline Is Moving Forward—5 Things You Should Know,” National Geographic, November 20, 2017,

National Security Strategy of the United States of America, December 2017,

Read More:

Jude Clemente, “How President Trump Could Help Deepwater Oil Prospects,” Forbes, December 2, 2016,

Stanford L. Levin, “Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines: Good for the environment and the U.S.,” Chicago Tribune, January 30, 2017,

Jeff McMahon, “Of Course Fracking Is Safe, Stanford Prof Says,” Forbes, June 26, 2017,

Stephen Moore, “Making America energy dominant,” Washington Times, July 2, 2017,

Craig Stevens, “Trump is right to push for energy dominance,” July 2, 2017, The Hill,

Linda Harris, “Energy independence key to national security, America’s future, new DOE deputy secretary says,” The State Journal (West Virginia), September 29, 2017,

A Vision for American Energy Dominance, Policy Address by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Heritage Foundation, September 29, 2017,

John Siciliano, “Energy Department reorganizes away from clean energy, toward Trump's ‘energy dominance,’” Washington Examiner, December 15, 2017,

Michael Bastasch, “Trump’s National Security Plan: ‘Energy Dominance,’ Not ‘Anti-Growth’ Climate Policies,” The Stream, December 18, 2017,


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