Governor Reacts To Trump's Executive Order

The Trump administration has not said whether it will pull out of the Paris Agreement but its policies could potentially move the United States away from meeting internationally-agreed emissions targets. Climate change is an urgent economic and national security challenge that is already beginning to have disastrous effects. Others see a silver lining for the Paris Agreement: Maybe the failure of USA leadership will clear the way for other nations to work toward a more ambitious shift away from fossil fuels. My administration is putting an end to the war on coal.

"The executive order today is not going to bring back coal jobs", Goldfuss, who helped develop Obama's climate action plan, told Al Jazeera.

The governors of NY and California summed up opponents' views by saying Mr Trump's stance was "profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science". That makes it Washington's biggest climate polluter.

California has a special waiver allowing it to enforce tougher measures on vehicle emissions.

The speed and scale of meeting the climate challenge has always required global solutions from all parts of the worldwide community, said Mr Vidal.

He could also ask Congress to revoke the Clean Air Act.

Earlier this month, Pruitt stated that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. However, Congressional Western Caucus praised Trump for his executive order.

Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to slash carbon emissions by coal plans and other power utilities.

Energy experts say market forces, not federal policies, have pushed America away from coal toward cleaner sources of energy.

"Helping natural gas would just put more pressure on coal", Troske said.

He said: "The president doesn't get to simply rewrite safeguards; they have to. prove the changes are in line with the law and science". He continued saying "They haven't been treated well, but they're going to be treated well now".

Jeremy Symons, associate vice-president at the Environmental Defence Fund, said advocates will work to build support among lawmakers along with the public.

"Trumps move sets a bad precedent".

But Trump on Tuesday signed a sweeping executive order that included lifting the moratorium, and also initiated a review of former President Barack Obama's signature plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate activists expressed concern the new United States position would jeopardise negotiations to implement the Paris agreement, which are set to be completed in 2018, and urged the European Union to step into the breach.

Whatever the USA chooses, the EU, India and China say they will stick to their pledges made in Paris.

Donald Trump took aim Tuesday at one of President Obama's signature efforts on climate change: rules created to make power plants cleaner.

  • Leroy Wright