White House declares 'the war on coal is over' as Donald Trump begins unraveling Obama's climate agenda
- President Trump on Tuesday signed a far-reaching executive order that dismantles many of the pillars of his predecessor's climate-change agenda and, the White House argues, accelerates the U.S. down the road toward energy independence.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, Mr. Trump cast his action as a major step forward for the U.S. economy and as a removal of shackles from the energy sector. Officials also declared that the executive order represents the formal end to the "war on coal" that had become a hallmark of the Obama administration's environmental policies.
"We're ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country," he continued.
The order tackles a host of climate-change regulations put in place by the Obama administration and expands fossil-fuel production. One of the biggest pieces is a new directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to start unraveling the Clean Power Plan, the first set of national limits on carbon emissions from power plants and a proposal explicitly designed to shrink coal's share of American power generation.
The order also phases out national restrictions on methane emissions and removes the so-called "social cost of carbon" equation from the books.
The social cost of carbon attempted to put a price on the cost of each ton of carbon emissions. Those calculations were then used to economically justify environmental regulations.
More broadly, the order also rescinds the Obama administration's "Climate Action Plan," a comprehensive blueprint that served as the underpinning for a government-wide effort to tackle greenhouse-gas emissions.(Excerpt) Read more at: washingtontimes.com ...
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