Trump signs order rolling back environmental efforts

AG PAXTON: Trump's Order for EPA Clean Power Plan Review Shows He's Serious

"'It won't add any coal jobs, but it will set back the country as a leader on the environment, ' finance director Tom Sanzillo of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis based in Cleveland told BuzzFeed News".

Despite Trump's order, Garcetti said he will keep moving forward with his own environmental initiatives. NEPA required that federal agencies prepare environmental assessments and environmental impact statements on any new development. Still, momentum on climate change could slow down, Ebersbach said.

"We intend to oppose any effort to hold in abeyance the litigation to defend the Clean Power Plan and any effort to roll it back", Schneiderman told reporters on a conference call. "It is very simple".

Administrator Scott Pruitt, third from left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, signs an Energy Independence Executive Order, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington.

The order also takes aim at a suite of narrower but significant Obama-era climate and environmental policies, including lifting a short-term ban on new coal mining on public lands.

Some of the most far-reaching policies Trump is seeking to bring to a halt can not be canceled unilaterally and require lengthy administrative proceedings. "We are saying we can do both".

"Our efforts to clean our air and protect the natural environment are part of what draws young people, families, and businesses to Colorado", Hickenlooper said. The official responded that having a strong economy is the solution, rather than environmental regulation. The order also seeks to relax regulations on methane emissions and fracking, and to undo several policies that make climate change a factor in federal decisions. "Thankfully, for all his bluster, the best Trump can do is delay America's inevitable transition to clean energy, but he can't stop it", she said.

"I disagree with the action the president is taking".

But as much as Democrats and climate advocates will decry it, Trump's executive order follows the President's past comments about climate change.

Sanders' response to the order appears to allude to the president's long history of climate change denial that often includes a belief that climate change is supposedly a hoax created by the Chinese. Trump has repeatedly criticized his predecessor's climate policies as an attack on American workers and the struggling coal industry. Tinkering with the so-called "social cost of carbon" could influence policymaking by reducing the projected benefit of rules aimed at mitigating climate change.

For Donald Trump supporters, his road to the White House was made of coal. In fact, these rules create good jobs in an emerging waste mitigation industry, while helping states pay for schools, law enforcement and other services. "That's what we should be focusing on". Implementation of the rules has been held since the Supreme Court put a judicial stay on them previous year, and the D.C. Circuit is still reviewing the case. But experts note that if the Trump program is enacted, it will all but ensure that the United States can not meet its clean-air commitments under the accord. "And that is what we are going to do", the official said.

The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies and climate scientists agree the planet is warming, mostly due to man-made sources, including carbon dioxide, methane, halocarbons and nitrogen oxide. Signing the order brings fears to the forefront about the Trump administration's attitude toward climate change. "And I think that sends the wrong message to our allies and partners". "We will put our miners back to work".

The President said the administration "is putting an end to the war on coal".

Trump's order targets more than a half-dozen Obama-era regulations in an effort to boost domestic production of fossil fuels.