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    Default Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN16Z09F

    Mar 27, 2017

    U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations, a move meant to bolster domestic energy production but which environmentalists have vowed to challenge in court.

    The decree, dubbed the "Energy Independence" order, will seek to undo former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris in December 2015.

    It will also rescind a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, reverse rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduce the weight of climate change in federal agencies' assessments of new regulations.

    "We're going to go in a different direction," a senior White House official told reporters ahead of Tuesday's order. "The previous administration devalued workers with their policies. We can protect the environment while providing people with work."

    Trump will sign the order at the EPA with the agency's Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday afternoon.

    The wide-ranging order is the boldest yet in Trumpís broader push to cut environmental regulation to revive the oil and gas drilling and coal mining industries, a promise he made repeatedly during his campaign for the presidency.

    "I cannot tell you how many jobs the executive order is going to create but I can tell you that it provides confidence in this administrationís commitment to the coal industry," Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White told Reuters.

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    Environmental groups have promised to challenge the orders.

    "These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American," said billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the head of activist group NextGen Climate.

    Green group Earthjustice said it will fight the order both in and out of court. ďThis order ignores the law and scientific reality," said the group's president Trip Van Noppen.

    Trump campaigned on a promise to sweep aside green regulations he said hurt the economy, and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Since being elected, however, he has been mum on the Paris deal and the executive order does not address it.

    The White House official said Trump's administration was discussing its approach to the accord, meant to limit the planet's warming by reducing carbon emissions.

    The order will direct the EPA to start a formal "review" process to undo the Clean Power Plan, which was introduced by Obama in 2014 but has never been implemented in part because of legal challenges brought by Republican states.

    The review is likely to trigger legal challenges by environmental groups and some state attorneys general that could last years.

    The Clean Power Plan would have required states to collectively cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

    (Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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    If Trump supported bringing back Primatene Mist (the banning of which has caused about 4,000 deaths in the US per year), I'd support that. But deregulating so that big corporations can go back to spewing carbon emissions and CFCs? I'm not so down with that. It always seems like the little guy gets the shaft.

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    Gas and oil industries doing just fine. Supposedly this is to help create more jobs in the coal mining industry but those jobs are not likely coming back any time soon. Biggest thing is demand for coal has fallen drastically. China- the biggest user of coal in the world- has been cutting their demand for it. In the US and other countries, alternatives like solar and natural gas are more competitive and growing.China is also investing heavily in such sources. Power plants have switched to more natural gas because it is so much cheaper. And where coal is being mined, machinery has been replacing humans.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-1...t-says/8030428

    "Coal generated 84 per cent of all electricity in China in 2014, the IEA's current policy scenario forecasts that market share is going to drop down to 54 per cent in 2040," Mr Buckley said.

    "Under a more aggressive policy scenario where the transition happens faster, that actually has coal dropping to 26 per cent market share by 2040, so you have coal effectively losing two-thirds of its market share in the space of just 25 years which is obviously a profound shift."

    The IEA's projecting that China's coal use peaked in 2013 marks a dramatic shift away from its previous projections.

    "[The IEA] now take as an absolute given that China's consumption of coal actually peaked three years ago and is now in structural decline," Mr Buckley said.

    "It was only a year ago that the IEA concluded that China's consumption of coal was unlikely to peak any time prior to 2020."
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