World not 🔥Warm🔥 Enough: Trump dismantles environmental protections

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The far-reaching order he unveiled Tuesday instructs federal regulators to rewrite key Obama-era rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions. This includes the Clean Power Plan which was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s electric plants. It also seeks to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing. It also removed the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions.

It is considered a wholesale rebuke of Obama’s environmental efforts.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America's president and chief executive, Barry Russell said in a statement that his group welcomed Trump's "bold decision to tackle the growing regulatory state and identify rules that harm the economy and threaten American jobs."

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association chief executive Jim Matheson, whose group challenged the Clean Power Plan in federal court, said in an interview that he does not anticipate that many of his members will start building new coal-fired plants.

Meanwhile, former Obama administration officials expressed outrage.

“President Trump’s executive order to roll back vital climate and clean air protections this afternoon is the most brazen and transparent assault on the health of Americans in my lifetime,” said Heather Zichal, former deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change.

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