In the final days of Obama’s administration, the past president established major rules and regulations to slow the pace of climate change through The Clean Power Plan. This plan sought to replace coal-fired power plants with natural gas, solar, wind, and hydroelectric plants; the EPA and outside studies estimated that it would save more than 1 billion tons of carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030.
In the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, an executive order was just signed to end Obama’s “war on coal.” This order is a directive that moves across the federal government, reversing major rules that aim to restrict greenhouse-gas emissions while also instructing departments to ignore or downplay the risks of climate change in their decision-making. As President Trump signed the new order in the Environmental Agency map room, flanked by Vice President Pence and prominent coal miners, he quipped: “You know what it says, right? You’re going back to work.” There are now about 75,000 U.S. coal jobs, and their numbers have been declining for decades. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) and other administration supporters said the change in policy would have a direct impact on the economy. “This order is a clear sign to the country that Trump is serious about unleashing this country’s energy dominance,” Inhofe said in a statement.
David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean-air program, relayed that Trump will have a difficult time unwinding the Clean Power Plan quickly. “Tearing the rules down require going through the same process it took to build them up,” Doniger said. “We will make them face the music at every step.” Rewriting the Clean Power Plan will not only be laborious, but there will also most likely be a long, legal battle. There is a serious question regarding whether the president even has authority to do what he is doing.
Those that are support coal product would argue that the legal challenges posed environmentalist will slow or halt their ability to start new projects forcing them to hire less. Those against coal say that increase coal production could cause catastrophic damage to the environment and that these plants need to be shut down.
So what is happening here? Is it the end of a war on coal and the beginning of renewed economic prosperity and energy dominance? Or is it a move signaling a coming climate change disaster that will end the world as we know it?
Leave “COMMENT” and tell us if you support or are against this action.