Trump to sign order loosening regulations on fossil fuels

28 March 2017, 12:48 | Andres Norman

"We've made tremendous progress on our environment, and we can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment", Pruitt told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week". The president's top advisers have been divided over whether America should formally withdraw from the 2015 global warming pact that Obama and his deputies helped broker through the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. "So Paris was just a bad deal, in my estimation", he added.

The prospect of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement has cast a shadow over global talks about the issue. "This is an effort to undo the unlawful approach the previous administration engaged in, and to do it right going forward with the mindset of being pro-growth and pro-environment".

"This order is likely to face some legal challenges".

Even without the EPA's Clean Power Plan in force because of the Supreme Court stay, using coal to generate electricity has been in decline as a result of previous pollution regulations and competition from low-priced natural gas, solar and wind. "And so there's been a stay against this Clean Power Plan".

"For too long, over the last several years, we've accepted a narrative that if you're pro-growth, pro-jobs, you're anti-environment".

The plan is being challenged in the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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Obama's Clean Power Plan was created to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity by 32 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

But challengers say the rule exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and goes beyond the bounds set by the Constitution.

Trump is making good on campaign promises to sign orders that will be beneficial to the coal industry.

Pruitt pointed out that innovation and technology, particularly in coal and natural gas, have brought the country's carbon footprint to pre-1994 levels. Those are market forces that won't be overcome by presidential orders. His Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to aggressively roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. Anyone who pays an electric bill knows that during the 8 years of the Obama administration there were double digit increases in the cost of electricity.

Supporters of the Obama-era plan say it would spur thousands of clean-energy jobs. He said Trump's move will also bring down also electricity rates for consumers.

The document lays out a broad blueprint for the Trump administration to dismantle the architecture that former President Barack Obama built to combat the phenomenon, according to details shared with Bloomberg News. "Across the energy sector, we have so much opportunity".

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