HACKBERRY, La. — President Trump traveled to an energy state on Tuesday to boast about his administration’s reversal of Obama-era environmental policies, ticking off actions like approving oil pipelines, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and opening up Arctic drilling that he said have resulted in an “American energy revolution.”
Mr. Trump’s visit to Hackberry, a community of about 1,200 residents in a state where natural gas investment is a rapidly expanding sector and where he won 58 percent of the vote in 2016, was billed as a trip to promote energy infrastructure and economic growth at a time when the president is locked in a trade war with China over escalating tariffs.
With hard-hatted workers assembled behind him, Mr. Trump spoke to an outdoor audience at the Cameron LNG export terminal, a facility that develops and exports liquefied natural gas. There, he claimed credit for an energy revolution that he said was largely accomplished by demolishing burdensome regulations and unleashing the potential of the energy industry.
Mr. Trump also spoke of the oil and pipeline construction jobs that have been created since his election and promised the cheering crowd, “If we win this election, we’re giving you a brand-new I-10 bridge.”
The president credited his administration for “opening up ANWR in Alaska,” referring to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a federally protected refuge for migrating caribou and polar bears that for decades has been closed to oil and gas exploration, as well as for “unlocking the full oil and gas potential of the Permian Basin in Texas,” a reference to the shale field that generates four million barrels of oil a day.
And he touted his success in refocusing the Environmental Protection Agency and “killing” an Obama-era plan that sought to incentivize utilities to cut emissions and switch from coal to natural gas or renewable power. Mr. Trump’s administration has proposed a far less stringent rule that would still recommend regulating coal plant emissions, but by more moderate efforts like improving efficiency.
At his direction, he said, the E.P.A. was going to focus on its “core” mission: ensuring clean air and clear water.
Mr. Trump was greeted in Louisiana by elected officials eager to demonstrate their support, none more than Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who hitched up his trousers and gleefully showed off his “Trump” socks. The president was joined on the trip by Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 House Republican.
Besides listing his own efforts to reverse Democratic policy, Mr. Trump framed the environmental debate in terms of the 2020 election. He said the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal by Democrats to combat climate change, is “a hoax like the hoax I just went through,” an apparent reference to the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The deal’s proponents, he said, “don’t like clean, beautiful natural gas,” and, as a result, “everybody in this room gets fired.”
As he has done with increasing frequency, Mr. Trump also listed the Democratic candidates he views as the front-runners in the 2020 presidential race, trying to dismiss each one as less viable than the last.
“I got Beto; Beto’s falling fast,” Mr. Trump said of the former Texas congressman, Beto O’Rourke, who appeared Tuesday on “The View” as part of a new effort to revamp his stalled campaign. “When you have to restart your campaign, history says that’s trouble,” Mr. Trump said.
As for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the candidate whom Mr. Trump and his top campaign aides are most concerned about, Mr. Trump said: “I don’t know what the hell happened to Biden. That doesn’t look like the guy I knew.”
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the president said, has “got a lot more energy than Biden, so you never know.”
The crowd appeared to agree. Ben Carpenter, 41, a tugboat captain who was born in Hackberry, said the area is a Trump stronghold even though many residents are longtime Democrats. “He knows how to get things done,” Mr. Carpenter said.
After his appearance here, Mr. Trump flew to New Orleans, where he was driven to nearby Metairie for a fund-raiser. Afterward, he was scheduled to return to Washington.
David Montgomery reported from Hackberry, and Annie Karni from Washington.
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