Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

Environmentalist activists have entered their two cents as well.

Not so fast. Most experts are skeptical this new order will result in many new coal jobs in the short term, as those jobs face bigger threats from automation and cheap natural gas than they do from federal regulation.

The C.P.P., which places limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants and would have forced hundreds to close, was the product of years of debate and negotiation between industry and environmental groups, economists, and policymakers.

Last year "was the hottest year on record, beating 2015 which was the hottest year before that", he added, citing recently released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The Clean Power Plan is a common-sense standard on carbon pollution that gives states and the utility industry tremendous flexibility to cut carbon pollution at the lowest cost possible".

A coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia said they will oppose any effort to withdraw the plan or seek dismissal of a pending legal case, while environmental advocates said they're also ready to step in to defend environmental laws if the USA government does not. "No one country is going to solve this alone", he said.

President Trump has signed what the administration calls the "Energy Independence Executive Order".

Undoing the Clean Power Plan could make it easier for power plants to keep burning coal. The executive order (like many of Trump's actions to date) is largely ceremonial, however.

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.

What Gorsuch says about Trump, abortion, travel ban
I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination", Trump said at the time. Gorsuch said several cases in which he had ruled for corporations over workers "don't represent the body of my work".

"I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job killing regulations", Trump said, surrounded by members of his cabinet and a group of coal miners. President Trump's latest move to support coal mining is unlikely to turn around the industry's prospects immediately. Several states have sued the energy company for allegedly deceiving the public about the role of fossil fuels in global warming. "In my view, it will have virtually no impact", said professor James Van Nostrand of West Virginia University, who said the decline of coal had more to do with higher mining costs and cheaper natural gas and renewables.

"Donald Trump's attempt to turn the USA into a Jurassic Park run by dinosaur energy will eventually fail", said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Thirdly, Trump wants to strip consideration of the long-term effects of climate change from routine government decision-making. They're calling it an attempt to lead America backward to an era of more pollution instead of forward to the clean energy economy that creates good jobs in red and blue states alike.

What's more, many older plants still in use were made exempt from key provisions of the 1970 Clean Air Act, under the assumption they would eventually be replaced.

"In the event that people are concerned about Carbon dioxide emissions, by their own admission, the EPA said it would only reduce them by 0.2 percent", said Inhofe.

Still, others cheered Trump's directive as an economic boon.

In a call with reporters, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said presidents don't have legal authority to just do away with Environmental Protection Agency regulations with the stroke of a pen. What does it mean for the future of USA environmental policy? She helped former President Barack Obama forge the rule that Trump eliminated.

"Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke have made it clear that they believe America's public lands exist for only one objective: fossil fuel development". The energy giant is being investigated for allegedly misleading the public and shareholders about what it knew about the dangers of climate change.


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