With a stroke of a pen, President Trump made that clear today.
Science, not superstition, will guide American policy.
The shamans at the New York Times reported:
President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs.
Flanked by coal miners at a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Trump signed a short document titled the “Energy Independence” executive order, directing the agency to start the legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s policies to fight global warming.
The order also takes aim at a suite of narrower but significant Obama-era climate and environmental policies, including lifting a short-term ban on new coal mining on public lands.
The executive order does not address the United States’ participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark accord that committed nearly every country to take steps to reduce climate-altering pollution. But 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.Good. The Paris Agreement was a way of stifling the American economy while protecting Third World nations from these draconian measures.
Remember the song "The World Is a Ghetto" by War? That's the goal, to equalize all nations so we can all become like Venezuela. Cuba. North Korea. Maybe even Iran.
Unlike Bush 43, President Trump is willing to stand up to the Fake Science pushed by Marxist bullies in lab coats with government grants.
USA Today outlined how Trump's wonder executive order will help build the economy 10 ways by neutralizing:
- A 2016 Obama memorandum identifying climate change as a national security issue, and directing the Pentagon and other agencies to "ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans."
- A 2015 Obama executive order requiring agencies to take steps to reduce their energy consumption fossil fuels, with a goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases produced by the federal government.
- A 2013 Obama executive order directing federal agencies to prepare for and mitigate the effects of climate change, including "an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise."
- The Clean Power Plan, an ambitious rule that attempted to set a national limit on carbon emissions from existing power plants. That rule has already been temporarily held up by the Supreme Court. If not already struck down by the courts, the Environmental Protection Agency would have to go through a new rule making process to seek comments on any new rule dismantling the Obama policy.
- The new plant rule, another component of the Clean Power Plan that addresses new power plants. It, too, would be subject to a new rule making process.
- The consideration of the social cost of greenhouse gases and climate change in conducting environmental impact assessments, expanding the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act. That policy change came in a guidance document from the White House Council on Environmental Quality last August, and can be immediately rescinded.
- The moratorium on coal mining on federal and tribal lands. This change doesn't require a new regulation and can be implemented immediately.
- A 2016 regulation from the EPA limiting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Like all final regulations, the Trump administration would have to start the regulatory process from the beginning in order to rescind the rule.
- A similar rule from the Bureau of Land Management limiting "venting, flaring and leaking" on oil and gas wells on federal lands, which would also be reviewed for possible repeal.
- The BLM's hydraulic fracturing rule, which tightened standards on gas well construction, governed the disposal of fracking waste and required disclosure on the fracking chemicals used. That rule has also been held up in court, but would require a new rule making process to formally take off the books.
Because Obama placed a hobble on the economy.
Re-read those 10 items. That attitude kept America from using its competitive advantage of cheap energy. Remember, the Obama regime had no problem with shipping coal overseas to China. He did not want it burned here.
Joe Biden said weeks before the 2008 election:
"No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean. We’re not supporting clean coal,"They were not protecting the environment. They were protecting Communist China.
That ended today.
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