Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order to begin the withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan and other policies regulating emissions and fossil fuel production, Coral Davenports reports for The New York Times.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that will roll back a variety of Obama-era regulations on fossil fuel production and greenhouse gas emissions, Coral Davenport reports for The New York Times.

The order, titled the “Energy Independence” Executive Order, directs the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the legal process for the withdrawal from and rewriting of the Clean Power Plan, among other reversals of Obama-era policies on air, water, and land use.

The order does not address U.S. participation in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the historic accord which commits nearly every country in the world to reduce emissions to meet the global target of well below 2 degrees of global warming. However, as Davenport¬†reports, “experts note that if the Trump program is enacted, it will all but ensure that the United States cannot meet its clean air commitments under the accord.”

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