Critics, however, said rolling back Obama's Clean Power Plan is unlikely to result in a boost to production or to create substantial numbers of jobs. But they said they'll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.
Tuesday, the president signed an executive order undoing former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama's climate plans and bring back coal jobs. But he said no one - not even Trump - "can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet".
"These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American", said billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the head of activist group NextGen Climate.
Bernie Sanders slammed President Donald Trump on Wednesday after energy giant ExxonMobil asked the White House to not yank the USA from participation in the landmark Paris Agreement.
The White House did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit.
While Republicans have blamed Obama-era environmental regulations for the loss of coal jobs, federal data show that US mines have been losing jobs for decades under presidents from both parties because of automation and competition from natural gas and because solar panels and wind turbines can produce emissions-free electricity cheaper than burning coal. "We will produce American coal to power American industry".Читайте также: 'Big mother of a snake' photobombs mum's snap of two-year-old daughter
President Donald Trump's March 28 Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth is but the latest in a series of rollbacks meant to dismantle the Obama administration's climate change policies.
Some experts and environmental groups also warned that Trump's order could be the opening salvo of an effort to undermine internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Accord, which was reached by almost 200 countries in 2015.
Sure enough, the president now has signed an executive order starting to dismantle climate change regulations from President Obama, and he was flanked by coal miners when he signed it. The administration still is deciding whether to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Rewriting the Clean Power Plan and other regulations is likely to take years to complete and will face legal challenges from environmental groups and Democratic-leaning states such as California and NY. Hydraulic fracturing is making massive supplies of cheap natural gas available, while alternative fuels are becoming more commercially viable and, in some cases, preferable to energy consumers. Crabtree said the reprieve Trump has provided helps buy time to build more technology that can help reduce carbon emissions and make coal cleaner before any future regulations fall into place. But those towns in the mountains that were once bolstered by large mining operations are simply not coming back. "While the president is taking big splashy action, he is actually doomed to fail".
"They've set the direction they intend to go in the next five years", Barbara Finamore, a senior lawyer and Asia director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, based in NY, said of China.
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