State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, was one of a number of Texas politicians who welcomed President Donald Trump at his recent visit to a Midland oil rig.

President Trump visited the Double Eagle Oil Rig in Midland on Wednesday, and spoke to the group, which also included Gov. Greg Abbott, about his plans to restore energy dominance in the Permian Basin.

“Today, I joined Rep @brookslandgraf as well as other state & federal leaders in welcoming @realDonaldTrump to Midland/Odessa,” Paddie wrote on his Twitter account, “Great message on American Energy Dominance & why the Oil & Gas Industry is so important.”

Chris Paddie’s Chief of Staff John Buxie did not respond to questions on the President’s visit by press time.

President Trump’s plan included the announcement that export authorizations for American liquefied natural gas can now be extended through the year 2050.

“And since my election, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin has more than doubled. Under the Trump administration, the United States has increased oil production by 3.1 million barrels per day. That’s some number,” Trump said. “For the first time in nearly 70 years, we have become a net energy exporter. And the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas on the face of the Earth.”

During the speech, Trump also highlighted a number of ways he has contributed to the oil and gas industry during his presidency, including pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and cancelling former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, as well as green lighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL.

“Before the invisible enemy struck our shores, we created 800,000 new energy jobs — a third of them in Texas. That was just the new jobs; add on to that millions of other jobs,” Trump said.

Trump is a long time supporter of American oil and natural gas industry, which has been since the 1930’s one of the main sources of industry in East Texas. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has hit the energy industry with devastating economic issues this year, particularly in Texas.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette released a statement July 10, which said that during his recent visit to the state he found the local energy industry rebounding from the recent economic crisis.

“The pandemic hit Texas particularly hard, a state that is not only vital to our nation’s economic health and security, but my former home of 13 years,” Brouillette said. “ As Secretary, Texas’s oil and gas industry is never far from my mind. But as I saw last week, in true Texas fashion, the state’s energy industry is already rebounding back with the help of the Department of Energy.”

During Brouillette’s visit he met with industry leaders at a roundtable and announced the DOE’s development of a suite of field laboratories in Texas.

“These laboratories are collaboratively working with industry and universities to promote more efficient oil production and improve the recovery of unconventional oil and gas resources via Basin-specific research,” Brouillette said.