Pence talks energy, Trump at Ohio oil and gas gathering


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence headlined a fundraiser for the oil-and-gas industry.

The Republican vice president appeared Friday at the annual meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a trade association for companies that explore, produce and develop crude oil and natural gas resources within the state. The event was held at a hotel in north Columbus.

The appearance comes as President Donald Trump’s administration works to promote rollbacks of environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, which government projections show would deliver billions of dollars in savings to regulated companies.

An AP analysis found relaxing those regulations also would increase premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution and increase climate-warming emissions, among other impacts.

In response to Pence’s visit to Columbus, the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper released the following statement:

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence haven’t lifted a finger to save the GM factory in Lordstown and the thousands of Ohio jobs that are on the line. Trump broke his promise to the people of the Mahoning Valley that manufacturing jobs would be coming back, so the vice president can spare us whatever fake outrage of the week he wants to drum up. Pence and Trump need to stop making flowery speeches and get to work saving Ohio jobs.”

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