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Donald Trump Overturns Obama’s Climate Change Rules

The Wall Street Journal

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday taking steps to unravel the most contentious climate-change policies of his predecessor.

“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Mr. Trump said in remarks ahead of the official signing at the Environmental Protection Agency, repeating a campaign slogan in which he promised to bring back mining jobs.

He said he was ending a “crushing attack” on the industry and paring back regulations that impeded job creation but that he still believed his administration could ensure clean water and clean energy.

“We’re getting rid of the bad ones,” he said, adding that his administration had taken other steps to boost energy production, including expediting approvals of two controversial oil pipelines, Dakota Access and Keystone XL.

The order formally reviews President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would have required utilities to reduce power plant carbon-dioxide emissions to 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. It also initiates review of a parallel regulation that would call for emission cuts to power plants not yet built.

The order will pull back August 2016 guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality on climate change and official estimates of the social cost of carbon, methane and nitrous oxide and rescind a temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands, which Mr. Obama’s Interior Department issued in early 2016.

Mr. Trump was flanked by coal miners, Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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