Vt. congressional delegates condemn Trump's EPA order

Cheryl Sanders
March 29, 2017

The decree's main target is former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the U.S. meet its commitments to a global climate-change accord reach-ed by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

Many have noted that despite Trump's claim that his slashing of environmental regulations will bring back jobs to former coal mining regions in the USA, even ardent Trump supporters suggest the coal industry can no longer compete with the growing renewable energy sector.

By reducing the federal role in regulation, Trump said the order is "returning power to the states, where that power belongs".

The order did not mention new administration's stance on the 2015 Paris climate deal, but experts believe that it has implications for the agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump hands out a pen after signing an Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters on March 28, 2017.

Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement during his presidential campaign, but the order did not address this issue.

NAN recalls that on September 3, 2016, China and the US, the world's two biggest economies submitted their plan to join the agreement.

Environmentalists say clean energy would create thousands of new jobs and fear that Trump's actions will put the U.S.at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that are embracing it.

Trump's controversial measure does one more thing. Well we in Wyoming know the importance of coal and understand its value. We want to make our goods here, instead of shipping them in from other countries. For the EPA to revise or rescind the plan, it will have to go through the same formal process that produced the original rule, and they'll have to justify reaching the opposite conclusion was reached under Obama.

By way of comparison, the coal industry now employs less than 70,000 Americans.

The White House documents were submitted to Congress amid negotiations over a catchall spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of next month.

Additionally, environmental groups, Democratic states and other supporters of the regulation may ask the court to continue its proceedings, with the rule's supporters acting to defend it. Trump's ignorant, head-in-the-sand approach makes it even less likely that the US will meet its promised carbon emissions targets established under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

"I said, 'How about this?"

Outside the White House, hundreds of protests amassed to express their condemnation of Trump's executive order.

The order initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. But given that methane has a much higher short-term impact on global warming than carbon dioxide, Trump may have a hard time explaining the benefits of the change. The group vowed an all-out fight. "Former Chariman Old Coyote of the Crow Tribe in my home state of Montana said it best, 'there are no jobs like coal jobs.' I hope to return those jobs to the Crow people".

Even further, the order also takes aim at the entire framework of climate change action under the previous administration.

Opponents say the plan will kill coal-mining jobs and drive up electricity costs.

"In particular, I hope that this action will result in full repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which ravaged coal country and was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court past year". "Getting rid of the [Obama rules] doesn't change that". He had to issued a revised order after a United States judge blocked the previous executive decision.

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