Trump's latest executive order dismantles Obama's climate change policies
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 19:43
"Fights in the courts and executive orders really create a lot of uncertainty", Kelly said.
President Trump signed a major executive order Tuesday, rolling back many of President Barack Obama's regulations to combat climate change.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order dismantling Obama-era climate policies, keeping his campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question US support for an worldwide deal to fight global warming. Trump's policy that seeks to void the former President's plan calls not just the country's economy in question, but also the global warming threat it poses.
"Yesterday President Trump followed through on a promise", said Senator Capito.
The White House and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to Associated Press emails seeking comment.
In addition to this, Trump's order has lifted a ban on new coal mining leases being doled out on government land, opening up a huge area of land for miners to exploit.
But many people in coal country are counting on the jobs that Trump has promised, and industry advocates praised his orders.
"Third, we are lifting job-killing restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and shale energy", Trump said.
The Chinese reaction to the United States move came ahead of Trump-Xi meet next month in Florida, their first summit which will set the tone of ties between the two top economies as well as the two largest emitters of greenhouse gasses in the Trump era.
"We want to make our goods here, instead of shipping them in from other countries", said Trump. China responded Wednesday, reaffirming its commitment to investing in clean energy and honouring the Paris Agreement, an worldwide accord to tackle climate change with progressively more stringent carbon emissions goals. America's coal industry has always been in decline, with natural gas, cheap renewable energy, automation and tricky geology making the sooty fuel a less lucrative prospect.
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. All to resurrect an industry that experts agree isn't coming back. "While the president is taking big splashy action, he is actually doomed to fail".
A coalition of 16 mostly Democratic-led states and environmental groups involved in the legal case say they will oppose the administration's request for a delay.
Environmental advocates also are ready to go to court on a moment's notice, and will carefully watch the administration's actions, said the NRDC's Goldston.
Reacting to the move, China on Wednesday said it is still committed to the Paris climate change accord agreed upon in 2015 while Laurent Fabius, the French politician who chaired talks on the landmark deal, denounced the rollback of United States climate policy. 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.
Entitled, "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth", it asks the federal government to repeal or re-evaluate several key climate change policies.