Trump Signs Executive Orders Slashing Obama's Clean Power Plan

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 2, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence, left, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "Energy Independence", eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017.

In a letter sent March 22 to the White House, Exxon Mobil urged the Trump administration not to pull out of the Paris Agreement, calling the landmark deal reached in 2015 an "effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change" and the "first major worldwide accord" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Trump administration argues on the White House website that its actions will prevent $39 billion in electricity hikes, allow 242 million tons of coal to benefit the American economy, and disbands the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases.

Environmentalists say Trump's actions will put the U.S.at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that are embracing clean energy, which they say could create thousands of new jobs.

Kelly said the lack of consistency poses an economic challenges to the energy companies.

"If they, at the moment, lose all the tools they have in order to achieve those targets, it's pretty clear they will not achieve those targets", he said. China responded Wednesday, reaffirming its commitment to investing in clean energy and honouring the Paris Agreement, an worldwide accord to tackle climate change with progressively more stringent carbon emissions goals.

"By beginning to unravel the Costly Power Plan, President Trump has improved the lives of Wisconsinites dramatically".

However, Karsten Haustein at the University of Oxford believes while lifting the regulations may slow down the pace, it will not stop the fight to reverse global warming.

The "Shelly" Trump was calling out was Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Manchin's fellow senator from the Mountain State. "Together we are going to start a new energy revolution".

'We might have some trouble and if the European Union and China can reaffirm their commitment to conclude this process, that will send a strong political signal'.

President Trump's move to undo President Obama's Clean Power Plan could make it easier for power plants to keep burning coal.

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