Booker Statement on Trump's Climate Change Executive Order
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 13:17
As President Trump rolls back Obama's environmental legacy, it isn't just green groups who say they'll resist America's reversal on clean electricity.
"As damaging as this executive order will be for the nation, and for the world, it will not deter our efforts here in Minnesota".
"It's only going to continue that we move more in the direction of natural gas and away from coal".
"Donald Trump's attempt to turn the US into a Jurassic Park run by dinosaur energy will eventually fail", said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Trump said he wanted to create more coal mining jobs, though industry analysts say demand is likely to decline as the price of solar, wind and other alternatives falls. They warned that health and prosperity of all Americans is at risk - as are Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and communities along our coastlines. Trump's EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has asked the court, which heard arguments over the plan's merits in September, to put the case on hold while his agency and the administration review it.
The utility gets about a third of its power from coal. The American Business Act on Climate Pledge set ambitious, concrete goals like reducing emissions by 50 percent and water usage by 80 percent, achieving zero waste-to-landfill and purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.
Despite the lack of a formal commitment, China already is making faster progress than most countries due to official efforts to reduce reliance on steel production and other heavy industry and to promote technology and consumer spending. "Some Western media now pin their hopes on China to fill the vacuum left by Washington in the fight against climate change".
Trump's main target is former president Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a key factor in the United States' ability to meet its commitments under the climate change accord reached by almost 200 countries in Paris. Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama's climate plans and bring back coal jobs. This means that the U.S. is still obligated to fulfil its commitments made in the Paris deal; however, with the Clean Power Plan gone, how is America planning to do that?