President Trump made many promises during his campaign. Now that he is in office he is following through on many of those promises. First it was immigration reform, then it was healthcare and now it is rolling back environmental regulations. One by one President Trump is unraveling President Obama’s legacy and Obama is not going to like it.
Tuesday, President Trump is signed yet another executive order that will aid in boosting domestic energy production such as fossil fuels by suspending and rescinding for review six different regulatory measures. The President is being supported by his Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt who insisted this executive order will be pro-jobs and pro-environment.
On a segment of “Fox & Friends” Pruitt stated,
“It’s going to create jobs in the oil and gas sector. For too long, over the last several years, you’ve had certain industries, certain sectors of our economy that were within the crosshairs of the EPA. That is not going to happen anymore.”
Part of the President’s plan includes initiating a review of the Clean Power Plan which currently restricts greenhouse gas emission at coal-fired power plants in the country. The purpose of the regulation was to curb carbon emissions and it was a policy of the Obama administration. But it has always received massive backlash within the Republican Party.
The President has never denied being against it. Throughout his campaign and administration he has attempted to represent the working class Americans that were ignored during the former administration. This regulation rollback is something he maintains will assist workers and the struggling coal industry.
The White House administration will also be lifting a 14-month-old moratorium on newer coal leases on federally owned public lands. The Obama administration had had a three year moratorium. One of the critical reasons Democrats lost all the elections this go around was because of their inability to connect with the types of people who were adversely affected by these burdensome regulations.
People such as middle class coal miners. During the President’s speech before Congress he correctly called out the former administration and their regulations as nothing more than a war on coal that produced job crushing regulations.
The United States might be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. The language on the social cost of greenhouse gasses will be changing. Several Obama era executive orders on climate change and national security will be rolled back as well. These are just a few of the different ways that climate change policy will change during the next four to eight years.
President Trump is the President now and his policies will reflect what his administration deems valuable and important. What was important to President Obama isn’t necessarily to President Trump. Republicans had to put up with the discomfort for eight years. Now it’s time for Democrats to step aside while Republicans get a chance to showcase policy that is important to them.
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