President Donald Trump pumps his fist after putting on a hard hat given to him before speaking to the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia.
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Trump touts environmental deregulation in Philadelphia
The president told a group of electrical contractors that fewer rules are good for business
Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." She received a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. In 2013/14 she spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has also been a Metcalf Fellow, an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellow and reported from Marrakech on the 2016 climate talks as an International Reporting Project Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.
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President Donald Trump pumps his fist after putting on a hard hat given to him before speaking to the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump promised more environmental deregulation at an event in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon, telling a group of electrical contractors that his recent moves to roll back environmental rules will help business.
“We took regulations off that allow us to do things we would never have been able to do,” Trump told a gathering of the National Electrical Contractors Association at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. “Think about it. We’re the single largest energy producer in the world.”
Trump began his talk by telling attendees that he had “paid them so much money over the years,” referring to his career as a builder.
As president, Trump has worked to get rid of environmental regulations. He told the contractors that will mean more business.
“To get you more contracts and more jobs we’ve slashed a record number of regulations,” he said.
The Trump administration recently announced weakening Obama-era restrictions on air emissions from oil and gas operations on federal land. It has also proposed rolling back fuel efficiency standards for trucks.
Pennsylvania is pursuing its own rules for oil-and-gas-related methane emissions.
The electrical contractors support oil and gas production, but they also back renewables and upgrades to the country’s transmission lines.