When it comes to the exploration and looking for fossil fuels, it doesn't mean that we intend to use more. It makes us independent of other countries. Saudi Arabia just has had it's oil fields attacked and has lost I don't know how much of its fuel supply but it would ordinarily have caused a substantial increase in the cost of a barrel of oil. We have our own so it's impact hasn't been felt. We've become one of the largest producers of oil on the globe. Nations that can't produce their own are buying from us. Although various countries emissions appear to be much lower than ours, so are the populations and the territories are much smaller but their reliance on fossil fuels is probably more than ours. Not to mention job creation.
The China tariff situation is complex. Trump is looking for balanced trade. For years it's been lopsided, where China paid a fraction of the tariffs that they cost us. Losing that edge was not expected to be easy. Yes, it will cost us more for the products we import..but American companies who manufactured there are moving to other countries for cheap labor or starting up manufacturing here. Then there is the theft of intellectual knowledge. We spend the money for research and development of a product and China knocks it off without investing a dime. Economic reports say that China is hurting and wants to come to the table. Maybe we won't get all that we're asking for but maybe it will be a lot better than it had been.
I'll admit that I don't understand the rationale behind every move..not that there isn't one, but I don't know what it is..or perhaps it's just an overkill mistake that will need rectification down the road.
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