Dayton rips Trump over environmental order reversals

"I would not say it's a good time in the coal industry - it's a better time", he told The Guardian. Trump's words may have been less well received in the corridors of the EPA's imposing Washington headquarters.

Trump's order initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

Trump has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, and has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule as an attack on American workers and the struggling US coal industry.

The Clean Power Plan was an important part of the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 26 to 28 per cent below their 2005 levels by the year 2025.

The words of Mr Canete, one of the most prominent global diplomatic figures yet to comment on Mr Trump's move, signal how the President's executive order eviscerating Mr Obama's climate plan is already raising worldwide concerns, and further suggests that the country could be left isolated as other nations push forward to curb emissions. The official said that Obama's regulations "were not helpful" to the coal industry and these reversals are the President honoring "a pledge he made to the coal industry".

Trump's decree 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. Tuesday's executive order was his clearest step yet on environmental policy.

On Tuesday at the EPA, Trump welcomed a group of miners that attended the signing and said the order was "putting an end to the war on coal".

The Democrat leader promised to cut Carbon dioxide emissions by 26 per cent before 2025, in keeping with the Paris climate deal, but critics urged him to speed up.

An analysis by the consulting firm Rhodium Group finds that Trump's order is likely to have little impact on US greenhouse gas emissions in the next two years. Trump administration could be urged to favor renewable, nuclear and hydropower energy sources as potential creators of American jobs but instead the Trump administration is taking the US back almost a decade, preventing it from meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement and unconscionably weakening the world's progress in lowering emissions. The Republican president has repeatedly criticized his predecessor's climate policies as an attack on American workers and the struggling coal industry.

Business groups have praised the Trump administration's move but environmental campaigners have condemned it.

"As damaging as this executive order will be for the nation, and for the world, it will not deter our efforts here in Minnesota". "This order ignores the law and scientific reality". There are less than 75,000 jobs in mining today, compared to 650,000 in the renewable sector. An administration official framed the action to CNN as an effort to balance the environment while increasing American energy independence.

She urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak out against the plan and emphasize Europe's commitment to combating climate change.

  • Zachary Reyes