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President Trump’s pen rolls over Obama-era clean power rules

President Trump’s pen rolls over Obama-era clean power rules

“Together we are going to start a new energy revolution.”

As I noted in my recent EPA-update post, President Donald Trump’s pen inked out Barack Obama’s climate change inanity when he signed a sweeping executive order focused on energy independence.

With a sweeping executive order signed at EPA headquarters, Trump initiated an immediate review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Surrounded by coal miners, the president described that plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.”

“We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” he said.

Trump added, “Together we are going to start a new energy revolution.”

Speaking earlier with “Fox & Friends,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the president is setting a “new course” that is both “pro-jobs” and “pro-environment.”

“It’s going to create jobs in the oil and gas sector,” he 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.”

He added, “That is not going to happen anymore.”

Later, White House Press secretary Sean Spicer expanded upon benefits of the new policy:

Spicer said that Tuesday’s order included “a review of the new performance standards for coal-fired and natural gas-fired plants that amount to a de facto ban on new coal plant production in the United States”. He told reporters: “This is great news for states like Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and others.”

All the states listed voted for Trump in last November’s presidential election. The executive order continues his aggressive endeavour to unravel his predecessor’s policies and strip away regulations in what his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has called “the deconstruction of the administrative state”. This includes radically diminishing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

While the energy industry is always unpredictable, and natural gas development will impact the need for coal, it seems President Trump’s policy goals have already helped some miners. A few hundred workers have been rehired in one area of Kentucky.

During the Obama administration, figures obtained by Fox News show that 36,800 coal miners lost their jobs. Last September, the number of people mining coal hit the lowest point since 1985.

Since Trump took office, 300 miners have been re-hired.

Ninety of the new hires are at the E4-1 mine in Hazard. But that was after the mine was hit by a series of layoffs since 2012 that left 460 workers out of a job.

“Maybe it’s a little comeback at this point,” said Chris Hamilton Senior VP of the West Virginia Coal Association.

That the climate alarmists and their political minions are unhappy with the new executive order is a wonderful side-benefit. Legal Insurrection readers will recall that new York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had organized 16-other state AG’s to legally challenge “climate change deniers“.

He apparently is less than thrilled with this development, saying: “We regret the fact that the president is trying to bow back history. But it’s not going to happen. The markets are moving. The states are moving.”

And, as with immigration, state-specific resistance is planned:

Several states vowed to maintain climate rules, including New York and California, who have aggressive greenhouse gas targets on the books.

Separately, environmentalists said they would aggressively fight back against the order.

Lawsuits are likely to be the main strategy these groups have for fighting back against Trump, and many hinted at future litigation in their reactions on Tuesday.

“President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt will find that they cannot simply eliminate these initiatives with the stroke of a pen,” Ann Weeks, legal director at the Clean Air Task Force, said in a statement. “When they try, we will see them in court.”

But, since Trump didn’t need California or New York to win the presidency, I don’t think that he will lose much sleep over the continued, blue-state drama.

I sure hope there is more ink left in Trump’s pen. There is much more to be done, especially to promote the new energy revolution.


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Any serious energy plan that seeks to fight pollution while making it possible for the whole world to have a first world standard of living would center on advanced nuclear systems and fuel cycles. That is the best and only way to have it all.

    MattMusson in reply to broomhandle. | March 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Toward that end – MIT has announced that they will attempt to build a 1 MW subcritical liquid Thorium reactor next to their existing water cooled uranium reactor. As a scientific test it should enable them to avoid decades of regulations as they build the first walk away safe reactor on the planet.

The USA is the ONLY industrialized nation that has a chance of actually achieving it’s Kyoto emission goals. And that is because of one single factor: Fracking.

Fracked oil is oil that has not traveled through rock and picked up contaminants like Sulfur and mercury. And, Fracked Natural Gas is so abundant and so cheap that is replacing Coal and Fuel oil in systems currently in operation.

New York City passed a law mandating that Boilers be switched from #2, #3 and #4 fuel oil to Natural Gas. They went from using almost no Natural Gas to using more than Belgium in just 18 months. And now, Scientific American has reported that the air quality has improved so much that it is literally saving lives.

All because of Fracking.

The Fake News media has been pushing the notion that the Trump administration is somehow trying to hid the “science.” This is nonsense. There are two separate issues, here.

Everywhere I go, I see support of research, and people are willing to accept the results of well-founded research. Experimental scientists, however, remain unimpressed with theories of catastrophe based on based on results within the margin of error of the system.

Then there are the strong signals that the politicians do not take the science seriously, at all. There have been massive amounts of money secreted here and there by the Obama administration, which resisted the use of normal accounting standards, and earmarked massive funds vulnerable to misuse as payback to friends and family for political support.

This appears to be a reiteration of the 2011 Solyndra scandal, where friends and family were allowed to gin up applications, and take brand new companies rapidly through bankruptcy.

I am really glad I voted for this collectivist thug.

The good news keeps on rolling.

Now that we have a white president legal insurrection isn’t complaining on how a president issues”too many executive orders”. Or a president using executive orders to circumvent existing law. Or how a president shouldn’t try to create laws with executive orders.

Clean, green: out of sight and out of mind. Neither renewable nor reliable.

The problem is created when propaganda creates misconceptions that is a first-order forcing of [catastrophic] anthropogenic economic misalignments.

That said, each technology should be assessed in context and to purpose, and the solution, the final solution will be a basket of technologies determined on actual merit, rather than the beneficiary of profitable prognostications of the future.

buckeyeminuteman | March 30, 2017 at 9:46 am

The Supreme Court already ruled Obama’s regs unconstitutional and overreaching. What sort of lawsuits are these states going to file against Trump? He buried something that was already killed.