Southland Dems Fume Over Trump's Environmental Order
Mar 29 2017 by Irving Hamilton
The order will, among other things, rescind the moratorium on coal mining on USA federal lands and initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan initiative: "Without it, the country will be lacking a very important signal in decarbonizing a sector which emits a lot", said Ajay Gambhir, a Policy Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London. It's a sweeping demolition of Obama-era policies on coal mining, fracking, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Officials said the order "will look back and it will look forward", providing the framework for a new Trump-era energy framework that will emphasize more production, more jobs and fewer environmental safeguards.
Trump's policies rely on coal in order to ultimately be "successful", though experts have noted that, coal isn't likely the key to the country's energy independence. "I will always be on Montana's side fighting back against these excessive regulations that would shut down our coal industry and kill thousands of good-paying Montana jobs".
Trump has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, and has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule as an attack on American workers and the struggling US coal industry.
Trump has threatened to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement during his presidential campaign, but the order did not address this issue.
In 2016, the coal industry employed 2,500 Hoosiers.
"These people haven't had enough thanks", Trump said. Trump's lawyers also objected to a letter sent to federal agencies demanding that they preserve climate data and emails between the administration and the fossil-fuel industry that might prove the government has known since the 1960s about the dangers to public health posed by fossil fuels.
Trump said his order is aimed at prioritizing the economy and getting rid of unneccesary regulations.
"No matter what happens in Washington, we will work to meet our Sustainable City pLAn goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, move toward zero emissions transportation and pursue our vision of a 100 percent clean energy future".
"At a time when we should be urgently investing in clean energy jobs and technology, Trump is giving the worst polluters free reign and pretending it's all about the economy", added Perez, who served as former President Obama's Labor secretary. By trying to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Trump would be killing a regulation that does exactly that. "Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else", Brown said.
Colorado's lawmakers, like most Americans, are split on the issue of man-made climate change and what can be done about it.
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.
Aram first give us a rundown on what this new executive orders entails that marks a major shift from Obama's climate policies. In an interview with CNBC earlier this month, Pruitt argued incorrectly that carbon dioxide isn't the "primary contributor" to climate change, a comment that goes against most scientific research. "It's been a long time, fellas; I'm not just talking about eight years; I'm talking about a lot longer than that". "The Obama administration's plan was an unnecessary and burdensome regulation that would have threatened jobs, jeopardized energy reliability, and driven up energy costs for millions of hard-working Americans", Walker said in a joint statement with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Meanwhile, grassroots advocates have helped push coal to its lowest level in history by retiring almost 250 plants nationwide and cities ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Georgetown, Texas are committing to 100 percent clean energy.