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Executive Order on Energy Independence Reverses Climate Change Policy

by Countable | 8.7.17

A new Executive Order will continue President Trump’s roll-back of climate change policies enacted by the Obama Administration. The Presidential Order On Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth orders the heads of executive branch agencies to "review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions...that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources."

The executive order reverses parts of President Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan, which sought to control carbon emissions from coal-fired electric power plants; the largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. It also rolls-back a federal moratorium on coal leasing and hydraulic fracturing on federal land, removes limits on methane emissions for oil and gas production, and returns the government to an environmental standard for issuing permits that was established by the administration of George W. Bush.

Enactment of the Clean Power Plan has been on hold since 2015, when twenty four states sued the federal government, claiming massive regulatory overreach. Supporters say the plan is essential to meeting global commitments to combat climate change, as outlined in the Paris Agreement of 2015. That case is ongoing.

Supporters of tighter limits on emissions fear this new executive order could signal to other countries a lack of U.S. commitment to combating global climate change. That could cause, they say, a cascade of increasingly lax, and therefore dangerous, environmental policies around the world.

President Trump and his supporters point to the need to buoy America’s energy production and jobs in that field, especially in parts of the country where coal mining has been a cornerstone of the economy. Trump campaigned on the promise of reviving the domestic coal and natural gas industries.

But real world implementation of this Executive Order could take years. All rules and regulations have to go through an exhaustive formulation and review process, and lawsuits could stall them at any point.

Do you support the President’s Energy Independence Order? Tell President Trump and your Representatives what you think!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Belaz / Creative Commons )

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  • Jeffry
    03/29/2017
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    Coal is dead. Fossil Fuel is dying. Evolution is inevitable. Solar, wind and water energy is the future. This change has begun already without the government. The public and private sectors have realized, it's cleaner, cheaper, safer and most importantly, it's sustainable. Donald Trump signed that executive order just to say to his coal supporters, who thought he was bringing their jobs back, "I signed the E/O, like I said I would. I gave the power back to the states." What investor in their right mind would invest in a dead, dirty, and deathly energy? The men and women who voted for Donald Trump because they thought they'd get their jobs back, got duped. No jobs, no healthcare, no tax reform. He was never in it for you, he just wanted your voted.

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  • Megan
    03/29/2017
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    I am a climate scientist and this is the worst, most short-sighted EO ever executed. Would love to see congress step up and pass some climate change legislation. Sticking heads in the sand and pretending it's fake news don't change reality.

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  • Wayne
    03/29/2017
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    This is an outrage. Climate change is happening and republicans are doubling down on our certain demise. We need to do the opposite: a carbon tax, massive solar and wind subsidies, a bold infra structure plan: smart grid, car charging stations, etc.

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  • Karen
    03/31/2017
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    The reversal of climate change policies make me so angry! The only reason you've approved this is because your getting payoff by big oil. As I life-long Texan, I grew up in Midland. I have seen the dependency on oil, as a method of livelihood. But having family, that farms and ranches in the panhandle, I've seen the devastation of fracking. I've felt earthquake first hand. As a facilities manager for retail, banking facilities in the DFW area, I've seen the results of earthquakes on buildings. I've had to close and vacate buildings we owned, due to shifting and severe foundation damage that occurred as a result of more than 100, small quakes in just 1 year. I helped in the gulf coast when oil saturated our beaches. I witnessed the thousands of dead fish, birds, turtles and mammals that died as a result of a poorly regulated oil industry. I have kids, and grandkids. I believe we should leave them a better world than we found, and for the first time in my life, I am afraid for the world I will leave them. I am afraid because YOU are easily bought, have NO morals, and forgot that you were elected to your office by the people in your districts, like ME. Do your JOB! Represent your constituents. I matter, and I VOTE!

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  • Nancy
    03/29/2017
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    This is just wrong on so many levels. What should be done is increase education resources in areas that are predominantly only a coal mining job area. These parents should encourage and demand better educational opportunities for their kids, instead of keeping mining going. I always thought the parents of children wanted them to have better lives & opportunities than they had. To do this we need to move these areas to the jobs of the future & not just leave the parents & future high & dry as coal becomes a fuel of the past. Honestly that is why those in these areas are angry, they are a region that has been left behind for generations now. It's time to help these areas move forward and other parts of the country where the manufacturing of eras past has moved away, educate these workers into the technical world we live in and get them working making our own clean energy. There are so many jobs to be had in these fields, but politicians are on the oil & gas industries payroll so until we stop that we are screwed.

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  • John
    03/29/2017
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    The Clean Power Plan is essential to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. This "rollback" of regulations comes from a President with little understanding of pretty much everything. A President that gets most of his information from Fox News, Breibart, and Infowars. Please do everything you can to oppose Trump, Bannon, and Scott Pruitt's agenda to destroy the EPA and environmental regulations.

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  • Catharine
    03/29/2017
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    The party of stupid

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  • Nicole
    03/29/2017
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    The coal miners and others he claims to support won't get those jobs back. Put money toward retraining them instead of negating policies to protect our planet!

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  • Greg
    03/29/2017
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    Please for the sake of your children and the future or our species evolution and survival do not reverse the protection of the air that Americans breathe. Keep clean energy and for love of life invest more into reversing pollution.

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  • junglist87
    03/29/2017
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    Time to take back our nation since Trump seems hell bent on destroying it in order to line the pockets of all his crony, fascist friends. Vote NO on this.

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  • Michael
    03/30/2017
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    There's no jobs on a dead planet. Moving back towards coal technology instead of green energy is like doing away with blu-ray and bringing back VHS. It's time to move away from fossil fuels, and away from the oligarchs profiting from them.

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  • Maureen
    03/30/2017
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    I'm 67 years old and I remember smog. Cities shrouded in smog. America woke up and took positive measures to improve our environment. #45 is determined to remove anything endorsed by President Obama, to throw his weight around, to show his power and to literally DESTROY our land. He should be ashamed that all he cares about is the almighty dollar, the abuse of his authority and the deplorable way he views our world. Please wake up America.

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  • Mauricio
    03/30/2017
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    This is unacceptable. Start protecting the environment and stop promising coal miners jobs they can never get back. Instead promote clean sources of energy so they can be retrained and get better paid jobs.

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  • Lindsey
    03/29/2017
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    Very disappointed in Susan Brooks and Todd Young voting record so far. These Indiana reps are proving that they do not have the citizens best interest at heart. I want my privacy, I want clean air and water, I want clean energy jobs first. And I definitely want you both gone as soon as you go up for reelection. Shame on you! And I'm never going to forget your vote, Sen. Young, for billionaire Devos. Hope you enjoy your short stay in Congress all for $47,000. At least Joe Donnelly is listening to the people!

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  • Kodiwodi
    03/29/2017
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    Everyone of you that voted for the roll back of the Clean Climate Plan and to allow Bears and Wolves to be hunted in their dens I will vote against in your next election. As a hunter you failed to ask us if prey Control worked or was considered ethical. As a biologist you forgot to ask if this type of control helped the prey population which it doesn't. It makes them weak and sick. As far as the roll back it has made it very clear that you value money over people, air, water, and health. You can't eat your money you fools and while you're busy poisoning everything on earth including your families, remember how nice it used to be to breathe. Dems or Repubs, you've lost my vote.

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  • Eliz
    03/30/2017
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    Hello, I respectfully ask that you vote against the presidential-executive-order-promoting-energy-independence--and do whatever you can to keep it from being enacted. Regulations protecting our climate were not enacted to support capitalistic ventures such as energy companies. Please help protect the climate!

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  • Mary
    03/29/2017
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    Can we reverse his presidency?

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  • Bob
    03/29/2017
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    Please stand up to Trump to protect our air quality, and our environment from further effects of global warming. We need to protect our environment more than we need to burn additional coal. The assertion made by Trump that this will bring back jobs in the coal industry is specious at best. Coal has had a hard time competing with natural gas and many jobs have also been lost due to mechanization. Coal is an energy source that should been replaced with cleaner and more sustainable sources. Please oppose this environmentally dangerous move by Trump and his billionaire cronies.

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  • Rosemary
    03/30/2017
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    The data on climate change is strong and accepted globally by scientists, many businesses, and governments. Clean energy is our future. This administration may try to silence the EPA here, but it will not silence all the other countries and their scientists. Please, be smart and do what's best for the future of our country and our children.

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  • Joey
    03/29/2017
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    I don't believe Donald Trump should be reversing the climate change policies of the Obama Administration. Climate change is real, and if we go back on those policies, it will get worse and start a negative effect on the planet. Please oppose any and all of these executive orders being rolled out by Donald Trump.

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