Dem Senator Blasts Trump's 'Declaration of War' on Obama Climate Policies

Carla Harmon
March 30, 2017

This order will set back our nation's progress in combatting the threat of climate change, and hurt the emerging clean energy industry - putting us behind global competitors and costing American jobs in the long run. Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a group that supports a transition away from coal, said neither utility companies nor public service commissions were clamoring to build new coal plants.

A coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia said they will oppose any effort by the Trump administration to withdraw the Clean Power Plan or seek dismissal of a pending legal case before a federal appeals court in Washington.

Mr Trump said he wanted to end "job-killing regulations".

The order does not entirely obliterate Obama's climate legacy.

The governors of NY and California summed up opponents' views by saying Mr Trump's stance was "profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science".

At best, according to government data, coal production will increase by about 5 million tons a year by 2040 out of 800 million tons overall under Trump's order.

Mark Lynas, a British author, journalist, and environmental activist who focuses on climate change worries that "The rest of the world will be asked to cover for the U.S. falling behind".

Among policies targeted are the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants and regulations to control methane emissions from oil and gas drilling.

"We are not going to backslide even if the United States at the backsliding from its previous commitments", he said. Mr Trump could rescind that - but this would lead to a fierce challenge.

Kelly said following Trump's executive order for the rollback, that lawsuit probably will be dropped.

The CPP, as Trump and EPA-head Scott Pruitt argue, overburdens the coal and mining industries with needless regulations, leading to massive layoffs and power plant shutdowns. "President Trump is mistaken in believing that he can bring back the energy sector jobs that have been lost as the market moves towards a clean energy economy".

"The president doesn't get to simply rewrite safeguards; they have to. prove the changes are in line with the law and science", Goldston said. "I think that's going to be a high hurdle for them".

Trump sold this executive order on creating more jobs for coal miners and fossil fuel workers in the USA, blaming Obama's "war on coal" for job losses. An executive order can be issued by a United States president to any federal agency on how they use their resources.

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