U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says are hobbling oil drillers and coal miners. Fred Katayama reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations. The order dubbed "Energy Independence" targets former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. That plan required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants. The order also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions. Trump said his executive order will help create jobs and make the U.S. more independent from foreign oil. But environmental groups argued it is dangerous and goes against the broader global trend toward cleaner energy technologies. Some vowed to fight the order in and out of court. An overwhelming majority of scientists believe that human use of oil and coal for energy is a main driver of climate change, causing a damaging rise in sea levels, droughts, and more frequent, violent storms. But Trump and several members of his administration have doubts about climate change. The President promised during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, arguing it hurts U.S. business.