US President Donald Trump signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations on 28th March 2017 to keep a campaign promise to support the coal industry and also calling into question US support for an international deal to fight global warming.
Highlights of the roll-back on Climate Change:
- Review of the clean power plan will be initiated. The plan restricts green house emissions at coal fired power plants. This regulation was an effort of Barack Obama to curb emissions of carbon.
- The decree, dubbed the “Energy Independence” order, will seek to undo former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan requiring states to slash carbon emission from power plants.
Reactions to roll back decision:
- Environmental Advocates: They were not surprised by the move, but they said that the decision would have an impact on the health and economic implications for not fighting against the climate change. The decision will also affect the US stand in the world.
- Laurence Tubbiana, the CEO of the European Climate Foundation: She termed the order will propel the economy backward.
- Trip Van Noppen, President of Green group Earthjustice: He said that the group would fight the order both in and out of the court, as it ignores the law and scientific reality.
Earlier during campaigning for the Presidential election, Trump once termed global warming as a hoax, and he criticized Obama’s efforts as an attack on American workers and the struggling US coal industry.
It seems that the roll back of the Obama era Clean Power Plan would hurt job creation in the field of the renewable energy sector in the United States. At the same time, it will also have a negative impact on the health of residents of the country.