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Will roll back Obama's climate-change efforts with executive order
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2017 4:54 AM CDT
Updated Mar 28, 2017 6:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind, or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels, the AP reports. As part of the rollback, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The regulation, which was the former president's signature effort to curb carbon emissions, has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal, and gas.

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The plans, which were praised by business groups, will also rescind Obama-era executive orders and memoranda, including one that addressed climate change and national security and one that sought to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change. "This policy is in keeping with President Trump's desire to make the United States energy independent," an administration official said Monday night, per the Washington Post. Energy economists, however, tell the New York Times that the move will do little to boost energy independence, since the US isn't importing coal—and since coal mines are stepping up mechanization, the order may do little to fulfill Trump's promise to bring back thousands of lost coal mining jobs. (Read more Clean Power Plan stories.)

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