- Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency;
- Trumps executive order shifts the US approach from Obama’s approach to several climate change concerns;
Trump to issue executive order changing US approach to climate change
The President of the United States, Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, which will restrict the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations by placing American jobs above addressing climate change in the world.
The order shows a clearly how US predecessor Barack Obama and successor Trump view US role in fighting climate change, and how it changes the government’s approach to rising sea levels and temperatures – two impacts on humanity – just as Trump issues executive order changing US approach to climate change.
One White House official aware on the issue said Monday the new administration believes the US can both “serve the environment and increase energy independence at the same time” by urging the EPA to focus on what the Trump administration believes is its core mission: Clean air and clean water.
The official noted protecting American jobs is more important than regulating climate change.
“It is an issue that deserves attention,” the official said of climate change. “But I think the President has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies that put the US economy at risk. It is very simple.”
The Tuesday’s order will put in place a review of the Clean Power Plant initiative, retract moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands and urge federal agencies to “identify all regulations, all rules, all policies … that serve as obstacles and impediments to American energy independence,” the official said.
Significantly, the order will withdraw at least six Obama-era executive orders focused on protecting climate change and regulating carbon emissions, including Obama’s November 2013 executive order commanding the federal government to prepare for the impact of climate change and the September 2016 presidential memorandum that states the “growing threat to national security” that climate change poses.
“The previous administration devalued workers by their policies,” the official said. “We are saying we can do both we can protect the environment and provide people with work.”
The White House personnel who spoke on anonymity further pointed out that the best way to protect the environment is to have a strong economy, noting that countries like India and China do less to protect the environment.
“To the extent that the economy is strong and growing and you have prosperity, that is the best way to protect the environment,” the official said.
The executive order also marks the worries of climate change advocates when Trump was elected in November 2016 after winning the US presidential election.
“These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American,” Tom Steyer, the president of NexGen Climate, said in a statement. “Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense.”
CEO of the World Resources Institute, Andrew Steer, said that the new executive order shows Trump is “failing a test of leadership to protect Americans’ health, the environment and economy.”
However, many Democrats and climate change advocates will connect the President’s actions to his past comments about climate change. Trump told The New York Times during the election that he has an “open mind” about combating climate change, he also called it a hoax some time past.
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump tweeted in November 2012.
“I will also cancel all wasteful climate change spending from Obama/Clinton,” Trump said in October 2016.
According to the official, the changes do not mean the Trump administration will abandon efforts to protect the environment, he said, but when questioned about the human impact on climate change and what Trump belief, the official declined to say whether all government officials in the Trump White House believes humans cause climate change.
“I think there are plenty of rules on the books already we will continue to enforce that provide for clean air and clean water. And that is what we are going to do,” the official said. “The President has been very clear that he wants the EPA to stick to that basic core mission that Congress set out for it.”
The changes are congruent in the view of the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who in times past sued the organization he now heads when he was the Attorney General of Oklahoma. During an interview with CNBC earlier this month, Pruitt argued that carbon dioxide is not the “primary contributor” to climate change, an incorrect statement that goes against most findings of scientific research.
Further speaking, this executive order is also amongst the Trump administration’s effort to fulfill his campaign promise to provide more and/or bring more coal jobs back. The Obama’s regulations “were not helpful” to the coal industry, the official said, and these reversals are the President honoring “a pledge he made to the coal industry.”
“We are going to put our coal miners back to work,” Trump said at a March 2017 event in Kentucky. “They have not been treated well, but they’re going to be treated well now.”
He concluded by saying: “The miners are coming back.”
Credits: CNN, stingged.com