Senator Capito expresses support for President Trump's Executive Order
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 18:39
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday undid Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that aimed to curb carbon emissions in a vow to fight Global Warming.
Greenpeace's Annie Leonard wrote on March 28 in an emailed press release, "This executive order gives us further proof that Trump isn't a leader, he's just a fossil fuel industry stooge with a presidential pen".
Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine says lifting the moratorium would worsen climate change and allow coal to be sold too cheaply.
They've hired scores of new lawyers and have been raising money for months.
China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, on Wednesday reaffirmed that it remains "100%" committed to the landmark Paris climate deal, looking to seize the leadership of global environment policy after US President Donald Trump began dismantling Obama-era policies.
"Yesterday President Trump followed through on a promise", said Senator Capito.
Responding to the executive order, the American Chemical Society says US climate policy is based on "extensive science and an iterative process involving thousands of scientists that span the globe".
Trump's order on Tuesday raised worldwide concerns on whether the United States will do its bit to fight global warming.
"The Administration's spiteful assault on the Clean Power Plan will not bring back jobs to coal country, it will only poison our air and undermine America's ability to win the good-paying jobs of the future", she said.
"When you impose these job killing regulations on the energy sector, it also drives up the cost of electricity and makes it less affordable to seniors and those on fixed incomes, and increases costs at the pump and increased utility bills at home".
Trump's executive order did not attempt to withdraw a key 2009 EPA ruling that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide endanger the public's health and welfare.
The worldwide diplomats are set to raise their concerns of the USA's commitments towards climate change under the Trump Presidency in an upcoming gathering in May on the Paris climate agreement.
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". "We have a very, very impressive group here to celebrate the start of a new era in American energy and production and job creation". The U.S. became a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in history in 2016, also due to the shale boom.
"Those decisions are being made at the state level and plant by plant", said Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen, who said his group is "continuing to work aggressively to retire dirty coal plants".
Another action Trump took Tuesday may actually accelerate the shift.