The Trump administration conceded Monday that climate change policies will continue to influence global energy trends, although the U.S. will seek to supply the world's growing demand for fossil fuels, renewables, nuclear, and other forms of energy while countering "anti-growth" energy policies.
"Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system," read the Trump administration's National Security Strategy while adding that American "leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests."
Instead of engaging directly in climate change policies, the administration will seek to provide coal, crude oil, and natural gas to the developing world in ways that protect the environment and lower greenhouse gas emissions, according to the new strategy.
"Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty," the strategy read.
The U.S. will promote "an approach that balances energy security, economic development and environmental protection," the strategy document said. "The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases while expanding our economy."
One of the priority areas will be improving "America’s technological edge," which includes the development of low-emission technologies seen as key to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which many scientists say is to blame for rising Earth temperatures.
The administration will promote next-generation nuclear reactors that can provide energy at lower cost than conventional reactors, better batteries that can store electricity from renewables and speed adoption of electric cars, advanced computing that can spur innovation, carbon-capture technologies for reducing emissions from coal plants, and opportunities in developing energy technologies that use less water.
At the same time, the U.S. will develop and lead on efficient energy technologies, "recognizing the economic and environmental benefits to end users," it read.
The administration also will encourage the export of those technologies as well as natural gas, coal, and oil overseas as part of a national security hedge to stop other countries from using energy as a means of coercion.
"The United States will seek to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable energy, including highly efficient fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables, to help reduce poverty, foster economic growth, and promote prosperity," the security strategy read.