President Trump signed an executive order to protect fracking while on a plane to the key battleground state of Pennsylvania over the weekend — part of what he called his overall push to “save the American dream.”
Trump told supporters at a rally Saturday that he signed the order while flying to the Keystone State to protect it from the “deep, catastrophic depression” that would follow an election win by Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“Biden has vowed to abolish the entire US oil industry — no fracking, no mining, no natural gas,” Trump said at a rally in Butler to loud boos, calling Biden’s plans “an economic death sentence for Pennsylvania.
“Moments ago, I signed an executive order to protect Pennsylvania fracking and block any effort to undermine energy production in your state,” Trump told the crowd of his “great breaking news.
“So if one of these maniacs come along and they say, ‘We’re gonna end fracking, we’re gonna destroy the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,’ you can say, ‘Sorry about that,’ ” Trump said to cheers.
“I signed it on the beautiful Marine One,” the president said of his order, which involves the fracturing of bedrock to extract oil or gas, a process that generates a lot of jobs in Pennsylvania.
“I just signed it, and I’m very honored to have done it, so now we’re protected,” he said.
The president made no secret that Pennsylvania was at the heart of his election dreams, saying, “If we win Pennsylvania, it’s over.”
“This is the state where the story of American independence began,” he told supporters at a rally in Bucks County, one of four Saturday.
“Three days from now, this is the state that will save the American dream,” he said to loud cheers.
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