President Trump boasted Tuesday afternoon about his administration’s efforts to “revive” the nation’s energy and manufacturing sectors during a visit to Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane cracker plant construction site in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Trump also took credit for the multibillion-dollar project’s existence, Kallanish Energy learns. “It was the Trump administration that made it possible, no one else,” Trump said during his speech inside a warehouse at the Shell site to an audience of mostly construction and trade workers employed there, the Tribune-Review newspaper reported. “Without us, you would have never been able to do this.”
Shell formally announced in June 2016 — before Trump was elected — it would proceed with construction, but the company and government leaders began working on the project more than four years earlier.
Trump said if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016, projects like the cracker plant would not be advancing and the natural gas, coal and steel industries in the U.S. would be far worse off or “dead.”
The Shell plant will produce plastic pellets that make up many popular consumer goods. The site, roughly 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River, is the nation’s largest active construction project, requiring more than 5,000 temporary workers. Construction began in earnest in 2017 and is set to continue through 2020.
As Trump spoke, a protest against him continued about five miles away from the Shell plant, outside the Beaver County Courthouse.
Protesters expressing concerns over how the plant will impact air and water quality carried signs, dressed in costumes and displayed two large inflatables resembling the president — one as a toddler, the other as a chicken.
After Trump’s speech, he, Shell executives and Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a brief tour of the plant, slated to open in 2021.
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