Former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, was praised by most Democrats and lambasted by most Republicans.
The biggest complaint about the plan came from states where industries profited from burning oil, coal and gas. It’s been called an attack on American workers and the coal industry.
No friend of the Environmental Protection Agency the past eight years, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would suspend, rescind or flag for review a number of measures in the plan in order to increase energy production in the form of fossil fuels.
The big question becomes, will Trump’s changes damage the environment, or will the effects be minor in comparison to the jobs they create?
Trump’s new selection as head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, believes the changes will be beneficial.
“It’s going to create jobs in the oil and gas sector,” Pruitt said. “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.”
Trump refers to his action as “a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations” including some that threaten “the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.”
So, is Trump ignoring real “climate science” and making a move that will be bad for the country in the long term, or is he doing what he needs to do to protect American businesses against an exaggerated “climate theory?”