Trump puts anti-global warming projects on chopping block
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 9:09
Trump's move to support coal mining is unlikely to spur a quick turnaround in the industry.
The order makes good on Trump's campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's efforts to curb global warming, eliminating almost a dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production, especially oil, natural gas and coal. The best way to protect workers and the environment is to invest in growing the clean energy economy that is already outpacing fossil fuels and ensuring no one is left behind at a time when we can declare independence from dirty fuels by embracing clean energy, this action could only deepen our dependence on fuels that pollute our air, water and climate while making our kids sicker.
The so-called "Energy Independence" order also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions.
"We are going to have safety".
A dismantling of the Clean Power Plan "is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science", they said.
The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Obama administration, some Democratic-led states and environmental groups counter that it would spur thousands of clean-energy jobs and help the USA meet ambitious goals to reduce carbon pollution set by the worldwide agreement signed in Paris. "Even if NY has clean power plants, polluters in other states will negatively impact our air quality". "This executive order will endanger the Paris Climate Agreement which was instrumental in getting some of the world's largest polluters to take important steps to reduce their carbon emissions".
President Donald Trump's executive order rolling back environmental standards put in place during the Obama administration was quickly met with opposition Tuesday from local Democratic lawmakers, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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"Every year for the last three years, we've broken the global temperature record", Perez said in a statement Tuesday. "It says you are going back to work".
"He does not believe. that there is a binary choice between job creation, economic growth and caring about the environment", Spicer said.
Some coal plants in IN have already begun switching to natural gas in part to comply with Obama-era regulations and former Gov. Mike Pence sued the federal government over the Clean Power Plan.
"The president's order will leave the United States far behind our competitors in developing new, cleaner fuel sources", Feinstein said.
Supporters of the "Clean Power Plan" say this is a massive blow to environmental protection.
"They are giving up that leadership position and I suspect that it will be taken up by other competitive countries", said Stocker, adding that China was well-placed to do so.
That plan includes a mix of coal, natural gas, wind, solar and geothermal. "It's very serious when our country at the highest levels of government are not even acknowledging these very real risks that Americans face from unchecked climate change".
Brown also signed onto a separate statement released by West Coast political leaders calling climate change one of the region's greatest threats due to wildfires, ocean acidification and drought.
Earlier this month, not long after the plaintiffs' lawyers replaced President Obama with Trump in the suit, the administration filed a request for interlocutory appeal - a rare request since appeals are usually filed aftera trial judgment, not before.
Obama's former chief environmental advisor described the executive order as "terrible" but said "it isn't the ball game".