President Trump is expected today to sign a new executive order today that unwinds many of Obama’s environmental regulations aimed at protecting the environment and combating climate change.
The Energy Independence executive order President Trump will sign today rolls back environmental regulations and opposes Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan that cuts carbon pollution and places America at the forefront of an international effort to address global climate change.
Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan reduces greenhouse emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
President Trump is expected to join EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today and rescind the Clean Power Plan requiring states to lower carbon emissions from power plants, remove a moratorium on the sale of coal on federal lands, and weaken environmental regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump called climate change a “hoax” and pledged to rollback Obama’s efforts to lower greenhouse emissions and work towards meeting international environmental standards from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week that aired on Sunday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that by signing the Energy Independence executive order, President Trump is fulfilling his campaign pledge he made to the American people about regulations and said “we can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment.”
Pruitt claimed that Trump’s executive order will bring back coal and manufacturing jobs to America even though the coal industry has struggled to compete on a global scale due to shifting preferences for other cheap energy sources such as natural gas.
After playing down the significance of the Paris Climate Agreement and pointing out that it is a non-binding international treaty, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told ABC host George Stephanopoulos about Tuesday’s new executive order, “this is an effort to undo the unlawful approach the previous administration engaged in and to do it right going forward with the mindset of being pro-growth and pro-environment, and we can achieve both.”
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