President Trump sought to promote an area hungry for investment Tuesday by showcasing growing efforts to capitalize on western Pennsylvania’s natural gas deposits by turning the energy source into plastics.
Trump traveled in Monaca, about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, to tour Shell’s soon-to-be-completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.
“This would have never happened without me and us,” said Trump, who spoke to a crowd of thousands of building workers dressed in fluorescent orange and yellow shirts and vests.
President Trump arriving to speak at the Pennsylvania Shell plant on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Trump’s visit was in keeping with an ongoing push by his administration to increase the economy’s dependence on fossil fuels in defiance of increasingly urgent warnings about climate change. It also represented an embrace of plastic at a time when the world is sounding alarms over its ubiquity and impact.
Critics of the Shell facility, which the oil and gas company announced in 2012, claim it will be the largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania.
Trump’s appeals to blue-collar workers helped him win Beaver County, where the plant is located, by 18.5 percentage