By Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Posted Mar 28th, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order Tuesday, rolling back the controversial Clean Power Plan and killing a three-year moratorium on federal coal leases.
The move continues the president’s efforts to dismantle a slew of Obama-era regulations under fire from energy rich states like Utah that produce coal and are home to oil and gas fields.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called the executive order a step in the right direction.
“Utah and many public land and energy producing states think that the Clean Power Plan was a significant overreach. It was really designed to kill off carbon-based fuels, and particularly coal,” he said. “The standards that they were trying to put in place, there is not even technology that allows you to meet those standards.”
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