Trump’s energy E.O.Glenn,
President Trump signed an executive order yesterday at EPA headquarters that begins the process of reforming President Obama’s global warming policy and ends the war on coal.
The executive order takes aim at Obama EPA’s Orwellian-named “Clean Power Plan” and also reopens some federal lands for energy production.
While this is encouraging news for American coal miners and those who get their electricity from existing coal plants, changing federal rules is a drawn-out process that will take months – and in some cases years. This order simply gets the process started.
In the meantime, this policy shift will assuredly not go unchallenged. Extremist environmental pressure groups are already chomping at the bit to take this latest executive action to court.
Their argument, though wrong-headed, is straightforward and simple: Because carbon dioxide is still considered a “pollutant” – courtesy of the EPA’s endangerment finding – government still has an obligation to curb it to protect public health. This, in addition to the fact the UN has garnered international support for global CO2 reductions, courtesy of the Paris accord, will likely score points with liberal justices.
That’s why it is crucial two other policy changes also be made to effectively reverse the damage caused by Obama’s global warming alarmist actions:
- Overturn the endangerment finding.
- Pull out of the Paris Agreement and end U.S. participation in UN climate negotiations.
America needs abundant, affordable energy to maintain domestic prosperity and for our industry to compete. Our competitors are not encumbering themselves by gutting their use of fossil fuels.
India is currently betting its economic growth on new coal power, Germany and Japan are investing heavily in coal as they (foolishly) move away from nuclear, with wind and solar too inefficient to fill the gap. China continues to bring a coal plant on line every week.
The President’s decision was a good one for U.S. workers, consumers and even for the environment. Let’s keep the pressure on until a bright energy future for America is assured.
For nature and people too,
from Craig Rucker, Executive Director, CFACT