Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change

In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

He mentioned energy in only one sentence during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office.

“We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said.

Scientists and energy reporters lit up the Twittersphere at that statement, wondering aloud what he meant by the ‘war on American energy’ and stating that clean coal does not exist.


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Many in the clean energy industry remain hopeful that Trump’s $1.5 Trillion infrastructure plan could include transmission upgrades and potential hydropower refurbishments, however those specific items were not mentioned in the speech.

Read: Infrastructure to Transmit Wind Power Reportedly On Trump’s Priority List

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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