(Did you see Mike Pence nodding his fundamentalist head in the background. Dumb shit thinks Jesus Christ is coming back tomorrow so he has no sense of the need to preserve earth's future.)
Courtesy of Reuters:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era regulations to curb climate change, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry while calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming.
Flanked by coal miners, Trump enacted his "Energy Independence" executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency. A coalition of 23 states and local governments vowed to fight the order in court.
The order's main target is former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a key factor in the United States' ability to meet its commitments under a climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.
Trump's decree also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions.
Carbon dioxide and methane are two of the main greenhouse gases blamed by scientists for heating the earth.
"I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations," Trump said at the EPA.
In the past Trump's executive orders have mostly hurt certain groups of people one at a time, Muslims and Mexicans for instance, but this order....this order affects all of us and even endangers future generations.
My hope is that many of these policy ideas will be challenged in court and will not survive legal scrutiny.
Of course if Neil Gorsuch gets confirmed to the Supreme Court even that final obstacle may be removed.