Published: Wed, March 29, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump deals blow to Obama-era environmental protections

Trump deals blow to Obama-era environmental protections

"I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations", Trump said. We will produce American coal to power American industry.

Former vice president Al Gore called the order "a misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future for ourselves and generations to come".

Schneiderman said he would lead a coalition of attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the chief legal officers of liberal cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boulder, Colo., to challenge Trump's executive order in court.

The Trump administration says that scrapping the plan will put people to work and reduce America's reliance on imported fuel.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing policies aimed at fighting climate change today.

"Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense".

Curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants was a pillar of the US' commitment to cut carbon emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.

Montana Senator Steve Daines held a press conference from his office in Washington on Tuesday, just moments after returning from the EPA headquarters, where President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order halting President Obama's Clean Power Plan. In spite of this action today, I have no doubt that Hawaiʻi will continue to lead the nation in renewable energy production.

Trump's "energy independence" order goes beyond EPA. Like all final regulations, the Trump administration would have to start the regulatory process from the beginning in order to rescind the rule.

A year ago the Supreme Court temporarily halted the plan, while the challenges are heard.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump slammed the Obama administration for waging a war on coal and vowed to bring back mining jobs. The Obama administration sought to modernize how agencies report their environmental impact under the law, most recently advising them to measure the future greenhouse gas emissions of proposed federal actions.

Tuesday's executive order does not address the Paris Agreement, a 2015 United Nations plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set to go into effect in 2020, which the US signed.

The contents of the order were outlined to reporters in a sometimes tense briefing with a senior White House official, whom aides insisted speak without attribution despite Trump's criticism of the use of unnamed sources in the news media.

"We will assert our own 21st century leadership and chart a different course", said the statement signed by the governors of Oregon, Washington and California, as well as the mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle. "I don't think this is a panacea for coal miner jobs, and I do think that most Missourians understand that if we turn back our efforts on carbon capture then we are doing our agricultural economy a disservice".

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