Trump is the man who will get US energy policy back on track

Donald Trump has tapped into the basic beliefs of the American people that our country is and should be great, our problems stem from Washington, D.C., and it is going to take an outsider to change the establishment. America must elect a president who has the will and courage to right these Washington wrongs.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is not a career bureaucrat. He is an entrepreneur and a job creator. He has dealt with burdensome government regulations and understands that government should aid, not block, private-sector development. He is also someone who understands the possibilities provided by the American Energy Renaissance.

Thanks to horizontal-drilling technology developed by America's independent oil and natural producers, our nation has moved from an era of energy scarcity to an era of energy abundance. In spite of attacks from the current administration and OPEC, America now has more recoverable oil reserves than Saudi Arabia and Russia and foreign oil imports have plummeted 65 percent. Our imports would be even less were it not for the fact that foreign governments bought up 30 percent of America's refineries, converting it to refine their heavy sour crude with the intent to take away U.S. producers' market share.

"[W]e're just one election away from powering the Great American Comeback – and no one can deliver that better than Donald Trump."

I'll never forget a conversation I had with Trump back in 2011. He wanted to know all about the significance of this new phenomenon in oil and natural gas – how it would create jobs, boost our economy and change the world. Even then, he saw how the American Energy Renaissance could be one of the drivers to make America great again.

Thank God we found this abundance of American energy. No longer will America's energy-intense manufacturing jobs be shipped overseas to our foreign competitors. No longer will liberal elites be allowed to impose their self-serving agenda and raise the price of energy at the expense of American consumers. Hillary Clinton, for example, wants to eliminate fossil-fuel development in America, which would drive up energy prices for consumers. No longer will America be forced to fund terrorism through the purchase of Middle East oil. Donald Trump understands that oil is the most strategic geopolitical weapon in the world. Embracing this new energy era means saving American lives and making America safe again.

For too long, America's energy potential has been pent up by a plethora of regulations that do nothing but hurt our national security, workers and families. Hillary Clinton promises more of the same. While Hillary Clinton will eliminate fossil fuel development in America, Donald Trump recognizes the fact that every time we don't drill a well here in America, we are funding terrorism and putting American lives at risk.

The American dream is fueled by oil and natural gas. It's a dream for a safer, better, more prosperous future. It's a dream that was alive and well when I first struck out on my own at the age of 20 with nothing but a truck, a loan and a phone.

The American Dream may have stalled during the past 8 years, but voters know Donald Trump is the man who will fuel America's future. Despite Obama, despite Hillary Clinton and despite a whole swarm of self-serving elitists seeking to suffocate American industry, we're just one election away from powering the Great American Comeback – and no one can deliver that better than Donald Trump.

Commentary by Harold Hamm, the chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources and a pioneer in the fracking industry. He is also an informal advisor to Donald Trump on energy policy. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Hamm was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a grassroots start-up into an NYSE-traded, Top 10 oil producer in the U.S. Lower 48. As a voice for America's oil and natural gas industry, he's on a mission to help make America energy independent within the next decade. Follow Continental Resources on Twitter @ContinentalOil.

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