Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that the Trump administration supports making wind and solar energy more competitive with coal and fossil fuels, while simultaneously urging the world to embrace more natural gas exports and high-efficiency coal plants to help the environment.
"We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy," Perry said after meeting with his counterparts of the Group of Seven of the world's most advanced economies.
Perry and other members of the Trump Cabinet were in Rome for a meeting of the G-7 to hash out issues before a major summit next month in Sicily.
At the same time, Perry underscored that fossil fuels will remain a dominant energy resource alongside renewables, and he urged his counterparts to support the development of highly efficient coal and natural gas power plants.
"Renewables will continue to have an important role but traditional sources are still needed for energy and economic security into the foreseeable future," Perry said.
"Therefore, we believe it is wise for countries to use and pursue highly efficient energy resources," he said. Those resources include "high efficiency, low-emission coal and natural gas" and "advanced civil nuclear technologies that are proliferation resistant, produce little to no waste and ensure safety."
Perry also touted the need for more liquefied natural gas exports as a boon to "energy security and environmental quality," while benefiting consumers.
"With them in mind, we can and should work to put in place sensible policies that unlock the energy potential in each of our member countries," Perry said.