President touts energy success in Permian Basin campaign stop - FOX34 Lubbock

President touts energy success in Permian Basin campaign stop

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President Trump brought his "America First" message to oil country Wednesday, saying he's made the Permian Basin thrive. Eager supporters welcomed him here with open arms. 

"We love President Trump and we’re so excited and believe he will win in 2020," Caanon Young said.

They rallied outside Midland International Airport to greet him, before his tour of the Double Eagle Energy rig.

Zale Harwell said he came out to "let him know he’s supported and love what he’s doing. Once in a lifetime deal, and we’re glad to have him here.”


Crowds gathered to show support for President Trump in Midland July 29, 2020.

Cody Campbell, a former Red Raider football player and co-owner of Double Eagle, introduced the President himself.

"President Trump knows that this industry supports countless jobs and fills economic competitiveness for the entire country," Campbell said. "He sees the threats that our industry faces today.”

"We are telling the Washington politicians trying to abolish American energy: Don’t Mess with Texas," President Trump said. 

A crowd of nearly 300 gathered to hear the President's speech, including Senator Cruz, Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington and Governor Abbott.

This visit follows the historic drop in oil prices, for one contract down to negative-$37 a barrel in May.

"When oil crashed I got Saudi Arabia, Russia and others to cut nearly 10 million barrels a day," Trump said. "And got OPEC-plus and Mexico to agree to the deal. And hence, we’re okay now. We’re back, we’re back.”

The President promises to continue supporting energy independence for the country, fueled by the oil-rich region of West Texas. 

"Since my election, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin has more than doubled. The United States is now the number one producer for natural gas on the face of the Earth."

He signed four permits to expand the capabilities of Texas oil producers. 

There were several attendees at the speech from Lubbock, including Texas Tech Chancellor Dr. Tedd Mitchell and President Lawrence Schovanec.



The ongoing pandemic has cut into candidates' ability to campaign, with less than 100 days until Election Day. But the pandemic was just a footnote at Wednesday's event. 

“This is the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed. Together we will end the plague from China, we will defeat the virus.”

He also used his support of the oil and gas industry to further the divide between him and Democrats, including Joe Biden. 

“It’s not just Texas oil that the radical democrats want to destroy. They want to destroy our country. These people are sick.”

The President's campaign also hosted a lunch fundraiser in Odessa. The most expensive tickets sold for $100,000.

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