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Trump promised to end the 'war on coal' as he rolled back Obama-era climate policies

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Trump promised to end the 'war on coal' as he rolled back Obama-era climate policies

WATCH | President Trump spoke Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency to sign his order rolling back many Obama-era climate regulations.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. EST:

President Trump signed his executive order rolling back multiple Obama-era climate and energy rules, declaring the end of the "war on coal."

At a ceremony attended by coal miners, the president said, "That is what this is all about: bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again."

Though environmental activists, such as former Vice President Al Gore denounced the plan, Trump said it would allow workers to "succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time."

Trump promised to end the 'war on coal' as he rolled back Obama-era climate policies

WATCH | Trump's next executive order will roll back Obama-era climate and energy rules

ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that will begin to roll back former President Obama's Clean Power Plan in addition to other executive actions, memorandums and guidance that Obama put in place pertaining to coal and the environment, according to a senior White House official. 

During his campaign, the president promised "to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule." The official called the plan the "America first energy policy."

President Obama's EPA implemented the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which set limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants can emit. Opponents say the rule limits the U.S.'s ability to produce energy domestically. The Supreme Court issued a stay on the enforcement of the CPP until the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the constitutionality of the order. Twenty-nine states challenged the order in the courts. The oral arguments were heard last fall and a ruling has not been issued yet. 

This policy is in keeping with President Trump's desire to make the United States energy independent.
Senior White House official

"He believes we can serve the twin goals of protecting the environment, providing clean air and clean water and getting the EPA back to its core mission while at the same time moving forward on energy production in the United States," the senior White House official said at a background briefing at the White House.


In addition to rolling back some of the Obama-era regulations, the order that Trump will sign on Tuesday directs agencies to identify rules that hinder domestic energy production. 

The order will target the Council on Environmental Quality guidance that climate change should be considered in environmental reviews of government projects, strike estimates from the Obama administration on the social cost of greenhouse gases and review whether or not the New Plant Rule, Clean Air Act and rules on fracking align with the president's priorities.

The order also rescinds Obama's coal moratorium and looks at regulations that pertain to the methane released by the oil and gas industry. Many of these rules and regulations promulgated by the Obama administration were tied to combating climate change. 

The official noted that "the President has been very clear he is not going to pursue climate or environmental policies that put the U.S. economy at risk."

In response to the proposed orders, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski said in a statement, “On the heels of the three hottest years on record, Donald Trump is reversing the biggest steps our country has taken to fighting climate change. Rolling back these public health protections shows Trump cares more about big polluters than the well-being of our communities. There is no excuse for unsafe drinking water, dirty air, more asthma attacks in kids, and increased extreme weather events that destroy homes and livelihoods."

With reporting from AP


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