Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions
Mar 30 2017 by Bridget Leonard
The goals of the Environmental Protection Agency-to protect human and environmental health by passing regulatory legislation through U.S. Congress-have been jeopardized with the latest executive order signed by President Donald Trump.
Christy Goldfuss, an energy expert at the Center for American Progress, said that whatever policy changes Trump makes, it is the markets that will decide what industry is viable.
Oliver Geden, of the German Institute for global and Security Affairs, told Reuters that a U.S. withdrawal would badly undermine the Paris agreement.
Following through on an election promise, Trump on Tuesday signed an "energy independence" executive order to review some of his predecessor Barack Obama's climate legacy, declaring an end to "job-killing regulations".
"I think we need to push Trump and his administration but we also need to realize efforts are probably going to be more successful on local levels", Peretz said.
The order will mandate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. President Trump ran on a pledge to "bring back coal" and provide economic opportunities for workers who have been left behind by coal's declining fortunes. He says the order will also create jobs, particularly for USA coal miners.
Already tied up in the courts is Mr Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP), which seeks to cut fossil fuels from electricity production.
The worldwide diplomats are set to raise their concerns of the USA's commitments towards climate change under the Trump Presidency in an upcoming gathering in May on the Paris climate agreement.
Governor Brown said: "Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else".
Trump's March 28 order to reexamine or kill a host of federal actions to combat climate change might help lower US energy prices but will hurt development of new energy technologies.
Other Oklahoma companies say things won't really change.
The Trump administration's plans drew praise from business groups and condemnation from environmental groups.
The president and Republicans have argued that Obama's policies, including restrictions on emissions at coal-fired power plants, were "job-killers". The energy giant is being investigated for allegedly misleading the public and shareholders about what it knew about the dangers of climate change. Although Trump never uttered the words "climate change" during the signing ceremony, his order will have profound effects on programs and environmental protections meant to rein in global warming-primarily by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
But the matter has arguably become academic after the United States president signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan Obama had put into place to help the USA meet its ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 per cent by 2025 compared to 2005.