Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

By signing an executive order to undo Obama-era regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions, President Donald Trump has set himself up for a bruising fight with USA states and green groups who view the decision as a setback to global efforts to fight climate change.

The Trump administration has pledged to do what it can to keep United States gas production high, a goal that analysts say will in itself limit coal's reach.

Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to slash carbon emissions by coal plans and other power utilities.

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.

He said the Paris deal had "not come easy", obliquely taking a swipe at Trump for quashing Obama's climate policies.

In response to Trump's order, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft issued a joint statement signaling their continued determination to cut energy costs and address the risks posed by climate change to future business growth. The rule was an example of duplicative federal overreach, violating the legitimate authority of states to manage mining within their borders. The White House official stated that the best way to protect the environment is to promote a strong economy.

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The Obama rule was created to limit polluting coal-fired power plants in favor of green energy, such as wind and solar. President Trump's latest move to support coal mining is unlikely to turn around the industry's prospects immediately.

The governors of California and NY said that they will push ahead with their aggressive climate change policies despite Trump's executive order. First, cheap gas from fracking undercut the coal price, and then even solar power got cheaper than coal.

The Clean Power Plan was an important part of the United States commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 26 to 28 per cent below their 2005 levels by the year 2025.

"In particular, I hope that this action will result in full repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which ravaged coal country and was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court previous year". The standard set for new coal-fired power plants is so low that it requires carbon capture and storage/use in order to build a new plant.

"I cannot tell you how many jobs the executive order is going to create but I can tell you that it provides confidence in this administration's commitment to the coal industry", Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White told Reuters. For example, federal agencies are no longer required to consider climate change when reviewing the environmental impact of new projects.

"President Trump kept his promise to roll back one of the most harmful acts of overreach by the Obama administration - the so-called Clean Power Plan", Capito said. At EPA headquarters on Tuesday, they focused on coal-mining jobs. Congress must help Trump here.

That's what would be at stake during the next four years if Trump's presidency stopped all the anticipated reductions in greenhouse emissions Obama based his promise on, but it won't.

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