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Senator Capito voices support for President Trump's latest executive order

Senator Capito voices support for President Trump's latest executive order

On Tuesday, March 29, the USA leader made good on his promise with an executive order that reverses numerous regulations put in place by the Obama administration to protect the environment. Minnesota heavily relies on natural gas and coal - identified as the number one and two most consumed energy sources respectively.

The miners "told me about the efforts to shut down their mines, their communities and their very way of life".

"It will make it virtually impossible" for the USA to meet its target, said Bob Ward, a climate specialist at the London School of Economics, of Trump's executive order.

The Clean Power Plan, a series of devastating regulations developed by Obama's EPA, would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired electricity power plants, cutting the allowable amount of emissions by more than half.

According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, there were more than 800,000 coal job's in the U.S.during the industry's peak. However, it is not a zero-sum win for U.S.jobs, and all of the progress made on renewables thus far came without being under the CPP policy framework.

Trump's move to support coal mining is unlikely to spur a quick turnaround in the industry.

As such, nearly all of the CPP-mandated emission reduction targets out to 2030 could have been achieved by encouraging the building of CCGTs, at least in those states where coal-fired generation still dominates.

The order also lifts a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

The Interior Department past year placed a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands to review the climate change impacts of burning the fuel and whether taxpayers were getting a fair return.

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The order covers a range of other Obama-era rules, including repeal of measures to consider the "social cost" of carbon emissions in all regulatory actions and crack down on methane emissions at oil and gas wells.

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.

Rewriting the Clean Power Plan and other carbon-limiting federal regulations is likely to take years to complete and is expected to face legal challenges from big Democratic-leaning states as NY and California.

"When the president rolls back the order he and EPA Administrator Pruitt are basically saying they don't have confidence in America ingenuity, in the ingenuity of our companies to make energy cleaner tomorrow than we make it today", Kaine said.

"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.

We asked leading experts on climate change to weigh in on what the Trump rollbacks mean for climate change, and for the Paris Agreement in particular. Trump's order could make it more hard, though not impossible, for the U.S.to achieve its carbon reduction goals. If President Barack Obama and the supporters of the Clean Power Plan still believe it is a good idea, someone should introduce it as a stand-alone piece of legislation and have it fully debated in Congress in front of the American people.

The former Yale University academic also said Mr Trump's policy would destroy more jobs than it creates in the long run, because global warming will terrorise industries that are tied to the land.

With the stroke of his pen, President Trump has delivered on his campaign promise to stop the war on coal and, at the same time, vastly improved the lives of Wisconsinites.


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