Ten-minute interview that discusses difference in national security and military security, and how energy impacts the country.
Saying that he had heard some state leaders complain about federal regulatory delays, US President Donald J. Trump told a delegation of US governors that his administration will try to remove federal regulatory roadblocks that have delayed important projects for environmental reasons.
Lt. Col. Freytes, USA (ret.) and co-chair of Florida Vets4Energy: "Many veterans of war, including myself, have concerns with foreign products being purchased from countries at war... We have come a long way in recent years to obtain our own oil and natural gas within the U.S., however we can't lift our feet off of the pedal."
President Trump has promised to roll back federal regulations to help U.S. oil and natural gas and to open up new areas for development. The administration's energy priority is to "unleash America's $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves."
"I wish that all Americans will understand the importance of the new president's order expediting critical infrastructure projects that sends a message that America is open for business," said Gary Wattnem, Major General, USA (ret.), the Iowa chairman of Vets4Energy.
Conversation on topics that include Veteran's Administration, national security, military strength, and the role energy has in our economic on national security.
"Putting a ban on hydraulic fracturing would void the progress we've made towards energy independence," said Lt. Col. Dennis Freytes, United States Army (ret.), and volunteer co-chair of Florida Vets4Energy.
The US Department of the Army announced it has completed a presidential-directed review of the remaining easement request for the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, and has notified Congress that it intends to grant an easement for a right-of-way across government land at Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
Vets4Energy quoted in Majority Leader McCarthy's press release: "It feels as though our government is saying they'd prefer other less-caring countries to supply us with energy rather than allow us to do it ourselves..."
Trump directed the State Department and other agencies to make a decision within 60 days of a final application. He also declared that a 2014 environmental study satisfies required reviews under environmental and endangered species laws.