That position places the oil and gas lobbying giants firmly on the side of the renewable energy industry, which has expressed concern Perry's study is nothing more than an attempt to prop up the coal sector - a favorite of President Trump's - at the expense of what is now a years long boom in wind and solar installations.
The Trump administration wants to make sure the United States remains "technologically and economically engaged" in the nuclear industry, Perry said.
"And later this week we'll have an important announcement on the President's agenda in terms of how it will help establish American energy dominance, " Spicer noted.
Perry yesterday told reporters at the White House that "there was one fact missing from the headlines about the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and that is that the United States already leads the world in lowering emissions". Perry told host Joe Kernan that carbon dioxide was not "the primary control knob" for climate change.
"The French, who I thought were always a little bit different", Perry started to say, as reporters laughed, quickly said, "and that's in a good way". "This is America. Have a conversation", he said. This Brattle Group projection of total US generation additions and retirements between 2010 and 2020 highlights the fall of coal as a central part of many regions' grid power mix. "The idea that we can't have an intellectual conversation about just what are the actual impacts of climate change.Let's just talk about it, what's wrong with that?"
"First we'll attack the conventional wisdom that says you can't drive the economy without harming the environment", Perry said. "How much effect is what at debate's here". Perry has made those climate benefits part of his argument for bolstering "clean coal" and nuclear power.
The Brayton Point Power Station, New England's largest and one of its last coal-fired power plants, appears on a cloudy day, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Somerset, Mass.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday the Trump administration is confident officials can "pave the path toward US energy dominance" by exporting oil, gas and coal to markets around the world, and promoting nuclear energy and even renewables such as wind and solar power.
"Previous leaders have said they were for American energy independence", he said.
In other words, you've got a direct conflict between Trump's push for gas exports and his purported goal of bringing factory jobs back to the US.
"Energy policy is not just a vital element of US economic policy but also a vital element of usa foreign policy", he said.
API's case of nerves over the forthcoming grid study has a simple explanation: API has the interests of its membership at heart, and drillers have a tremendous amount of interest in pushing coal and nuclear energy out of the power generation field in favor of natural gas.
Our friends over at the Houston Chronicle report that API chief economist Erica Bowman questioned the emphasis on baseload that underpins the Energy Department's grid study.
"We're trying to absorb and digest" what dominance is, she said. "And more importantly: What is the United States going to do about that?".