Trump signs executive order to rescind Obama’s climate agenda

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Tuesday, President Trump signed an energy independence executive order that will create more jobs in the fossil fuel industry and make good on his pledge to roll back the Obama administration’s climate change agenda.

President Trump ceremoniously signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with several coal miners, cabinet officials, and Vice President Mike Pence in attendance.

He proclaimed the order is “the start of a new era of American energy production” that would “restore economic freedom and allow our workers to thrive, compete, and succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time.” He also added that he is “taking a historic step to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations.”

Trump also stated that his administration is working hard to “put an end to the war on coal,” and to fulfill a vow he made to coal miners during his campaign to create more jobs after suffering through an economic downturn. “The miners told me about the attacks on their jobs and their livelihoods. … I made them this promise: We will put our miners back to work.”

While the order contains a half-dozen measures that seek to boost domestic energy production, one of the most significant measures instructs the EPA to consider repealing the Clean Power Plan, which was central to Obama’s aggressive climate agenda.

Trump’s executive order compels the EPA to review and rewrite the plan, which calls on states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, with an overall goal of reducing 32 percent off the power sector’s greenhouse gas footprint by the year 2030.

The executive order also asks federal lawmakers to consider repealing the carbon limits for newly built power plants and methane emissions standards for oil and natural gas drilling from the EPA and the Interior Department, says the report.

Additionally, the energy order pushes for the following actions to be taken immediately:

The order stops Interior’s moratorium on new coal mining leases on federal land, something Obama instituted to study how to charge coal companies for the climate impacts of the fuel they mine on federal property.

It also stops policies asking federal agencies to consider climate change in environmental reviews, a government-wide accounting method for climate change regulations called the “social cost of carbon” and Obama executive orders on climate, like one asking that infrastructure be built to withstand a future climate affected by global warming.

Trump has repeatedly touted his energy order as a measure to help put coal miners back to work. He even said to one coal miner standing beside him, “You know what this says? You’re going back to work.”

H/T: The Hill

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