Trump order could impact United States energy prices, technology development
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 15:21
US President Donald Trump signed an order on Tuesday to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question US support for the worldwide deal to fight global warming. 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.
Governor Holcomb says the order clears the way for clean coal technology to spur economic growth in the state.
"Whoever tries to change into reverse gear is only going to harm themselves", she said. But much like Trump's obsessive focus on revving up the U.S. economy at the expense of global cooperation and his grouse that the world is benefitting at America's expense, other countries must choose to ignore this betrayal and proceed courageously towards achieving their targets for greenhouse gas emission cuts.
China and the USA are the world's two largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Trump administration has pledged to do what it can to keep United States gas production high, a goal that analysts say will in itself limit coal's reach.
But many people in coal country are counting on the jobs that Trump has promised, and industry advocates praised his orders. Energy companies have converted coal-fired power plants so they'll burn natural gas instead. While he said Obama-era regulations made coal less competitive, Trump's executive order would allow coal to be more competitive again.
"No matter how other countries' policies on climate change change, as a responsible large developing country, China's resolve, aims and policy moves in dealing with climate change will not change", China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday.
"You know, what was wrong with Paris was not just that it was, you know, failed to be treated as a treaty, but China and India, the largest producers of Carbon dioxide internationally, got away scot-free", Pruitt said in a Sunday interview. In particular, the coal moratorium, imposed by the Obama administration and lifted today by President Trump, was nothing short of a war on coal miners and their families.
Mr. Trump traveled to the EPA offices for the executive order ceremony yesterday.
Some critics say the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks are even worse than they expected, and that it will be impossible for the United States to achieve its Paris pledges without the programs and protections that are being cut.