Trump to sign executive order on climate-change

The White House official said 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.

By   |   Published: 28th Mar 2017   2:56 pm
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File Photo: US President Donald Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at unraveling climate-change policies of his predecessor Barack Obama, a media report said.

The order represents a clear difference between how Trump and former President Barack Obama view the role the US plays in combating climate change, and dramatically alters the government’s approach to rising sea levels and temperatures — two impacts of climate change, CNN reported.

A White House official on Monday said the Trump administration believes the government can both “serve the environment and increase energy independence at the same time” by urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for focus on what the administration believes is its core mission: Clean air and clean water.

More important than regulating climate change, the official said, is protecting American jobs.

“It is an issue that deserves attention,” CNN quoted the official as saying. 

Tuesday’s order will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plant initiative, rescind the 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,” he added.

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File photo: Proposals for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in President Donald Trump’s first budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington.

The order will rescind at least six Obama-era executive orders aimed at curbing climate change and regulating carbon emissions, including the former President’s November 2013 executive order instructing the federal government to prepare for the impact of climate change and the September 2016 presidential memorandum that outlined 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” he added.