Trump signs against U.S. efforts to combat climate change

30 March, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Courtney Perry

In addition, it directed all agencies to conduct a review of existing actions that "harm domestic energy production and suspend, revise, or rescind actions that are not mandated by law".

The order also lifts a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

"We just are being suffocated by over-regulation", Bevin said Tuesday morning on WVHU, a radio station in Huntington, West Virginia.

Murray said it's one thing if a private entrepreneur wants to invest in wind or solar, but said the government should avoid participating in this business. "You're going back to work".

"There is going to be continuing competition between coal, natural and renewable for the power generation market", said Betsy Monseu, CEO of the Amercian Coal Council. While the order calls for an end to federal ruleslimiting how much methane emissions oil and gas companies can produce andregulations on the fracking industry, the EPA will need to go through a formal rulemaking process before it can take those off the books.

When further asked how to describe the fight against climate change, the official said: "I think it's an issue that deserves attention, but, again, I think the president has been very clear that he's not going to pursue climate or environmental policies that put the USA economy at risk".

The goal of the Paris deal is to commit countries worldwide to lowering the emission of greenhouse gasses. The Republican president has repeatedly criticized his predecessor's climate policies as an attack on American workers and the struggling coal industry. More than a year later, the case is still tied up in court. He said those who have lost their jobs in the mines should not give up hope.

While some coal-fired power plants have been closed or are closing because they are unable to compete with low-priced gas-fired power plants, dozens of coal-fired power plants have been and are being shuttered prematurely due to the Obama administration's efforts to fight purported man-caused climate change using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

The Clear Air Act has cost many American jobs and has caused many people's electricity bills to increase, Morrisey said.

"It is the last shot for the miners,"Trump said in August, referencing the November election".

"President Trump's moves today to undo the Clean Power Plan and roll back other key climate policies undermine the important efforts - throughout the country and the world - to tackle the single greatest threat and economic opportunity of our time: climate change", Garcetti said.

Politicians of both political stripes in the state have blamed the loss of thousands of coal jobs in Kentucky on Obama's environmental policies, though experts say other factors like the abundance of cheap natural gas and affordable coal in other parts of the country are more to blame.

It also asks federal agencies to discount the cost of carbon in policy decisions and the weight of climate change considerations in infrastructure permitting, and it reverses rules limiting methane leakage from oil and gas facilities.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at tackling global warming.

In 2008 there were 88,000 coal miners in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

The push for renewable energy also has been boosted by federal tax credits promoting solar and wind, which have led to growing industries in states like Nevada and Iowa, home to senior lawmakers in Congress who are expected to resist a rollback.

But the move comes at a time when utility companies decisively favor fuel sources other than coal for new power plants, especially cheap and abundant natural gas and renewable energy, favored by policies to promote wind and solar at the global, federal and state level.


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