Bevin: Climate Change Regulations 'Not Based On Science'

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that would rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

"With today's executive action I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations".

President Donald Trump's signature on an executive order putting a priority on the production of domestically produced energy from coal, oil and natural gas drew immediate reaction from those in California engaged in fighting climate change.

Ahead of President Trump's executive order that will begin rolling back power plant emission rules, Gov. Matt Bevin predicted that the move will bring back jobs to Kentucky's coal fields.

Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama's climate plans and bring back coal jobs.

Yet the restrictions on USA energy production would be major job-killers.

"This executive order goes against the commitments of the Paris Agreement, science and common sense", he says.

But some experts and environmental groups warned Trump's order could be the opening salvo of an effort to undermine internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Accord.

The Obama administration had imposed a three-year moratorium on new federal coal leases in January 2016, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change.

Trump gave his statement after an off-camera signing ceremony, flanked by coal miners from West Virginia.

"Trying to make fossil fuels remain competitive in the face of a booming clean renewable power sector, with the clean air and plentiful jobs it continues to generate, is going against the flow of economics", she said.

Both Xi and Obama had ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in a high-profile event on the eve of the G20 Summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou past year and handed over their countries' instruments of joining the Paris Agreement separately to then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The order covers a range of other Obama-era rules, including repeal of measures to consider the "social cost" of carbon emissions in all regulatory actions and crack down on methane emissions at oil and gas wells.

Additionally, Trump signed a bill that formally put to death BLM 2.0, a hotly contested rule that Cheney had previously described as a "federal power grab" and that had been opposed by local politicians and the energy industry. But the moves to be announced Tuesday will undoubtedly make it more hard for the U.S.to achieve its goals.

"The president's order will leave the United States far behind our competitors in developing new, cleaner fuel sources", Feinstein said. But by capturing the carbon dioxide released by burning it, proponents of the energy say it can be "clean enough" to meet the large global demand for coal without severely impacting the environment.

In keeping with his "America first" pledge to revitalise American industry and manufacturing, Mr Trump signalled he was not going to let worldwide climate change targets and regulations agreed to by his predecessor stand in his way. I made them this promise: "We will put our miners back to work", the president said. They have also mandated that half of each state's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2030.

The number of jobs in the United States wind power industry rose 32 percent past year while solar power jobs rose by 25 percent, according to a Department of Energy study.

  • Carolyn Briggs