Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies

Nullifying Barack Obama's climate change efforts, the new executive order by Trump directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulations, rules, policies and guidance documents that put up roadblocks to domestic energy production.

The White House official said Trump's administration was discussing its approach to the accord, meant to limit the planet's warming by reducing carbon emissions. The plan set targets for deep cuts in overall carbon emissions by power utilities between 2005 and 2030.

This is by far the boldest move that the Trump Govt. has come up with to counter environmental regulations that were part of his promise during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Some environmental advocates have already said they plan to take legal action against the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump was scheduled to sign the new executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency with Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday afternoon. The White House official stated that the best way to protect the environment is to promote a strong economy.

Trump sold this executive order on creating more jobs for coal miners and fossil fuel workers in the United States, blaming Obama's "war on coal" for job losses.

Mr Trump has in the past said climate change had been "created by and for the Chinese". It also eliminates a rule restricting fracking on public lands and another that requires energy companies to provide data on methane emissions at oil and gas operations.

Christiana Figueres, who led almost 200 countries to a hard-fought worldwide climate change agreement in December 2015, says the USA policy changes are a "sad commentary" on the worldview of the current administration, but that other countries remain dedicated to the United Nations climate agreement. But Tuesday's order - and other measures Trump has advanced during his presidency - indicates he's ready to leave it behind, formally or not. Jerry Brown that the states will continue to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with or without the federal government.

Trump said the measures herald "a new era in American energy and production and job creation". More than government regulations, market forces - particularly cheap natural gas - are making coal mining increasingly unviable in the U.S. Renewable energy sources are also getting cheaper. In citing an analysis from the Energy Department, the Associated Press found that coal mining jobs account for less than 75,000 jobs compared to more than 650,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector, which includes solar, biofuels and wind.

"Failure to do so could risk the remainder of President Trump's attempts to rein in the regulatory state and undo the harmful climate policies of the previous administration".

But with its capital often choked by smog and its people angry about the environmental devastation that rapid development has wrought across the country, Beijing has become a strong proponent of efforts to halt global warming rather than a hindrance. A USA withdrawal from the pact would cripple the most far-reaching effort yet to curb temperature increases reshaping the world's climate, they warned.

  • Zachary Reyes