Trump Signs Order Sweeping Away Obama-era Climate Policies

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by from left, Vice President Mike Pence, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington, prior to signing an Energy Independence Executive Order.

The order directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulations, rules, policies and guidance documents that put up roadblocks to domestic energy production.

All in all, the order is the Trump Administration's attempt to fulfill the promise of helping the coal industry.

"I suggested that he temper his expectations".

The White House says this executive order will create jobs and actually protect the environment.

"Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else". The expert also hopes that China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, doesn't use it as an excuse to back out of the Paris Agreement altogether. However, U.S. emissions would end up about 14% below 2005 levels by 2025, the analysis finds.

The US is poised to compete in energy markets while abiding by the agreement's calls for emissions reductions in part due to its increasing reliance on natural gas, which produces energy with fewer emissions, Trelenberg said. Coal provides an excellent example of why.

A coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia said they will oppose any effort to withdraw the plan or seek dismissal of a pending legal case, while environmental advocates said they're also ready to step in to defend environmental laws if the US government does not. In only eight years, it has fallen to 33 per cent, and the decline has little to do with Obama's Clean Power Plan.

"This was great and welcome news to understand that the Trump administration really sees the impact the Clean Power Plan was going to have on rural America, and all of America", Smith said. Sheer inertia means India will go on expanding coal-fired generation for a few more years, but its National Electricity Plan projects no further increase in coal-based capacity after 2022.

You don't need good intentions to do the right thing for climate safety anymore, just common sense.

"What's been going on is a switch to more natural gas and away from coal", Kelly said.

China had fought previous attempts by foreign governments to limit carbon emissions, claiming it should be allowed the same space to develop and pollute that industrialized nations had. About half of that cut would have come in Trump's first and maybe only term.

Environmentalist activists have entered their two cents as well.

However, President Trump said, "That is what this is all about: bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again". Some will be easy to implement, such as rescinding Obama's moratorium on new coal leases on public lands.

  • Carolyn Briggs