NEWS: President Trump reverses clean power initiative, coal moratorium

The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Mar 28 2017


Washington • President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive orders reversing the Obama administration’s efforts to curtail carbon emissions as well as open up more federal tracts for coal mining — moves celebrated in rural Utah as promoting jobs and energy production even as they drew warnings of catastrophe from environmentalists.

Trump’s orders overturn a moratorium on leasing more land for coal mining and instruct his administration to rewrite regulations that sought to limit carbon emissions. They send a clear signal that the White House will unwind former President Barack Obama’s initiative to fight climate change.

The orders also overturn the Clean Power Plan rule that had spurred lawsuits, including one from Utah, that said Obama went too far in restricting greenhouse gases. Critics of the Obama plan say it hurts coal-mining and electricity-creating jobs.

“The actions I’m taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom and allow our companies and our workers to thrive, compete and succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time,” Trump said as he shared the stage with 13 coal miners. “It’s been a long time, fellas; I’m not just talking about eight years; I’m talking about a lot longer than that. You people know it better than anybody.”

Conservation groups roundly criticized Trump’s orders, with one comparing it to a declaration of war on the environment.

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