Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions
Mar 30 2017 by Irving Hamilton
The National Mining Association slammed Interior when the rule was imposed in December, saying Obama administration officials failed to engage mining states such as Wyoming, Montana and Nevada during its development, leading to a win for "extreme environmental groups and a loss for everyday Americans", said Hal Quinn, the association's president and chief executive.
Trump's order on Tuesday raised worldwide concerns on whether the U.S. will do its bit to fight global warming. "But for too many local communities, energy on public lands has been more of a missed opportunity and has failed to include local consultation and partnership". Curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants was a pillar of America's commitment to cut carbon emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.
Originally the plant was estimated to cost $2.4 billion. It's also almost three years behind schedule.
"There is more money to be made and more jobs to create by investing in clean energy and those investments also improve public health and protect our land and water", said Lindsay Beebe, organizing representative for the Utah Sierra Club. "We will unlock job producing natural gas, oil and shale energy".
"Rolling back United States commitments to cut carbon pollution not only harms the futures of our children and grandchildren, it undercuts our ability to compete in the massive growth in demand for renewable energy around the world", he said.
But the wind and solar industries likely won't grow fast enough to meet the world's energy needs for decades.
Around the world, from the governors of California and NY to European commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, leaders vowed to press on with their climate change action. "The rest of the world is moving to a low-carbon future, and we are not going to turn that ship around", Peterman says.
"The miners are coming back", Trump boasted at a rally in Kentucky last week, but no less an authority than Robert Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy, the biggest US coal company, promptly rained on his parade.
Carbon dioxide and methane are two of the main greenhouse gases blamed by scientists for heating the earth. "It's clear they intend to double down on bringing down their reliance on coal and increasing their use of renewable energy".
"For American farmers, truck drivers, shipping companies, distributors, retailers, and consumers, climate change poses very real and immediate threats to their pocketbooks", said Johnson. Today, the number of coal miners has fallen around 25 percent.
"Everyone is taking this more and more seriously", he added.
Trump's order on Tuesday, in line with a campaign promise to bolster the United States coal industry, strikes at the heart of the global Paris Agreement in 2015 to curb world temperatures that hit record highs in 2016 for the third year in a row.
A report by the U.S. Department of Energy in January said 43 percent of the workforce in electric power generation, or about 374,000 workers, were employed in the solar sector.
On Wednesday, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a regularly scheduled news conference in Beijing that China would stick to its pledges "regardless of how other countries' climate policies change".
The room was filled with miners, coal company executives and staff from industry groups, who applauded loudly as Trump spoke.