Trump’s ‘Scorched Earth’ Policy is Quite Literal

Fossil Fuel Industry Applauds Regulation Rollback

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“President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming,” Reuters reports.

“The order’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants – a key factor in the United States’ ability to meet its commitments under a climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.”

“Trying to make fossil fuels remain competitive in the face of a booming clean renewable power sector, with the clean air and plentiful jobs it continues to generate, is going against the flow of economics,” said Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Energy analysts and executives have questioned whether the moves will have a big effect on their industries, and environmentalists have called them reckless.”

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