Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obama's Climate Policies: Who Benefits The Most?

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As discussed earlier, on Tuesday afternoon Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing most of Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court. The decree's main target is former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

The so-called "Energy Independence" 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 signed the order in a ceremony at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency responsible for many of the major policies being targeted. He was flanked by coal miners — whom EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joked “might never have been to the EPA before” — as well as cabinet officials and Vice President Mike Pence, who celebrated the executive order as a repudiation of the Obama administration's climate agenda.

“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Trump said, using a term coined by the industry and its supporters to describe government regulations. “I am taking an historic step to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations.”

Trump is pitching the order primarily as a move to increase the nation’s energy independence, with the added effect of increasing jobs in affected sectors and related industries. The president said the order fulfills a promise made to coal miners during his presidential campaign. He recounted a trip to West Virginia when he met with miners who told him they wanted to continue working in the industry despite a downturn in employment.

“I said, if that’s what you want to do, that’s what you’re doing to do,” Trump said. “The miners told me about the attacks on their jobs and their livelihoods. ... I made them this promise: we will put our miners back to work.”

The Bloomberg table below shows which states stand to benefit the most from today's executive order.

According to Reuters, today's wide-ranging order is the boldest yet in Trump’s broader push to cut environmental regulation to revive the drilling and mining industries. But energy analysts and executives have questioned whether the moves will have a big effect on their industries, and environmentalists have called them reckless.

"I cannot tell you how many jobs the executive order is going to create but I can tell you that it provides confidence in this administration’s commitment to the coal industry," Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White told Reuters.

Meanwhile, environmental groups slammed Trump's order, arguing it is dangerous and goes against the broader global trend toward cleaner energy technologies. "These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American," said billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the head of activist group NextGen Climate.

Green group Earthjustice was one of many organizations that said it will fight the order both in and out of court. "This order ignores the law and scientific reality," said its president, Trip Van Noppen.

Maybe not: Trump and several members of his administration have expressed doubts about climate change, and Trump promised during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, arguing it would hurt U.S. business. Since being elected Trump has been mum on the Paris deal and the executive order does not address it.

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Today's order will direct the EPA to start a formal "review" process to undo the Clean Power Plan, which was introduced by Obama in 2014 but was never implemented in part because of legal challenges brought by Republican-controlled states. The Clean Power Plan required states to collectively cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Some 85% of U.S. states are on track to meet the targets despite the fact the rule has not been implemented, according to Bill Becker, director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, a group of state and local air pollution control agencies.

Trump’s order also lifts the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management's temporary ban on coal leasing on federal property put in place by Obama in 2016 as part of a review to study the program's impact on climate change and ensure royalty revenues were fair to taxpayers.

It also asks federal agencies to discount the cost of carbon in policy decisions and the weight of climate change considerations in infrastructure permitting, and reverses rules limiting methane leakage from oil and gas facilities.

As The Hill adds, fossil fuel industries stand to benefit from the order, and many voiced their support for the measure this week.  Oil and natural gas groups, for instance, have fought back against the methane rules in court and in Congress. 

But Trump and his administration have had a special affinity for the coal industry. The sector is suffering through an economic downturn due in large part to declining demand for its product, which is increasingly being replaced by cheaper and more plentiful natural gas. Trump framed his order Tuesday as a measure to help put coal miners back to work, a promise repeated this week by administration officials like Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

"You know what this says?” Trump asked a miner before he signed the order on Tuesday. “You’re going back to work."

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samiam6's picture

me not tired yet, boss! :-)

WeTheSheeplez's picture

Where are all the other E.O.'s he said he was going to get rid of?

petar's picture

Golfing 13 times in the first two months. Guess who wants to be as good as Obama?

froze25's picture

These so called environmentalist don't even know they are playing right in to the Saudi's and Chinese hands to keep our country's production of energy and thus manufacturing capacity handcuffed. You want to fight for the environment, speak up about Fukishima or GMO (poison food). You can run the exhaust of a coal plant through tubes of algae and re-capture the co2 and make diesel fuel out of it. old tech from 2007
For the record I give two craps about co2 emissions.

Scuba Steve's picture


Had a conversation with a friend of mine that is a Coal Plant Control room operator ...

"Our tests in all of our plants, by the EPA no less, shows that the air coming out of our stacks are cleaner than the air going in and that is a fact that nobody hears about because we can not announce that"


FrozenGoodz's picture

War on coal? Are addressing war on beanie babies too? Pogs? War on Skip-it? War on Razor scooters ... and other shit that's decades old and irrelevant


How many jobs are we adding good sir? Oh ... no count? Huh - congrats CEO's, collect your bonus

froze25's picture

Don't worry he can just make up arbitrary numbers like Obama, Bush Jr and Clinton if he wants to.

@Frozengoods, do you cry at night when your all alone in bed with the lights off and think about how no one calls you to hang out or do something?

847328_3527's picture

"The National Association for the Advancement and Protection of Smelt," have filed a lawsuit, according to rumors from Jerry Brown's Gubmint orifice in Sacramento.

"Save the Smelt!"



froze25's picture

If I remember the last Lead Smelting plant closed down like 2 years ago. So now we can't produce the lead to make our bullets. Wonderful, Thank you Obama.

Parabolic Sine's picture

Damn, this site is as big of an echo chamber as reddit politics. Just on the other side of the spectrum. Neither have any fucking sence, just a big circle jerk. I know the damage coal companies do the environment, as I'm from PA. The streams just started getting clean enough to enjoy recreationally, cant wait for my medical stocks to go up because of the increased cancer rates because the extraction companies dont give one fuck about that shit. A conservative should, but it seems republicans arent conservative, they only care about getting fucked by someone with an "R" before their name. Damn I wish people were smarter.

Dakota Kid's picture

Where is you concern about enviromental damage from radiation from Fukushima that is probably 10,000 times as great.

Damn I wish you were smarter.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I see this article is a bit of a magnet for lefty crybaby snowflake trolls, LOL

Parabolic Sine's picture

Oh shit, someone who doesn't participate in the circle jerk is a libtard? Lol yep another moron who proved my above mentioned point. LOL!!

Dakota Kid's picture

I can see that you are a legend in your own mind.

Parabolic Sine's picture

Straw man much? Who ever said I wasnt? Lets see your logic, Japan and China completely destroy their environment, so why don't we as well, to make some CEOs even more rich than they already are? Yea, and I'm the unintelligent one. SMH, you just about proved my point to a fucking T.

froze25's picture

That's the big difference though, over 200 years of coal mining and Penn still looks good. My family is from there so don't go spreading lies about the rivers now only becoming clean enough to enjoy. That is BS.

OccamsCrazor's picture

Go perform an anatomically impossible act on yourself.  Ever been to China ? Well they need and use tons of coal, and a lot of ours could be shipped there, if we didn't have our heads in the ground.  Look, AGW is made up, a hoax.  China makes a lot of our goods, and the goods you love to buy so cheaply.  Only way they can do that is via cheap power. Coal is the cheapest out there by far, and one of the highest density fuels after oil.  Yeah, China is highly polluted bc of coal fired power, but the fact remains, they need cheap power to survive.  So go ahead and be an environmental nazi dickwad if you want, but America has no right to impose any environmental regulations on anyone else, and we all breath the same air planet wide, so you are NOT going to stop China from polluting period.  We polluted to get to this point in our society, and did so heavily for years.  

But that doesn't mean we can force someone else to skip a couple generations of coal technology development and pay 100 times more for coal plants, than we did way back when we polluted the fuck out of the earths atmosphere.  And to force Americans to carry the burden for the whole planet, when we cannot even feed our own, and the average american salary at $50,000 barely you gets you poverty level living, anyone mining coal for a living deserves a job, and deserves not to have environmental nazis shit down their throats like they did under Obozo.  

Hillary didn't get elected bc of exactly this shit from Obozo.  And you probably voted for her, so go suck on a car pipe if you don't like all the freedoms you have here. See environmentalistic nazi's want it all both ways, but you can do so called "clean energy" cheaply, as 99% of the US population cannot afford it.   

gatorengineer's picture

Im very familiar with the piles and environmental problems you speak of, they date to before WW2.  Many attempts have been made to clean it up only to get sued by the left.....

Scuba Steve's picture

Thats because you PA pedofile fukks are too inbred to run your coal extraction and coal burning with tech ... cheap ass amish dum fukks.

Sofa King's picture

Next time cut the Prozac in half...

alangreedspank's picture

Hope those goods stay frozen, because if they thaw they might smell

pickupthatcan's picture

A friend who was at EPA HQs today, said there was much wailing and knashing of teeth by the Snowflakes. One Libtard said that Trump, "Desecrated our safe space."

The winning is just getting started.

LibertarianMenace's picture

First of all, that space shouldn't be safe. In the second round, I want to hear alot of "you're fired!"

WeTheSheeplez's picture

Question...What was the first E.O's number signed by Trump...
And then subtract Bush's Last E.O. number and see how many obama really signed...
I'll bet the amount isn't close to the number reported by the MSM...

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Obamas first one was sealing presidential records so no one could see he was a fraud (13489), and his last was to allow affimitive action security clearances (13764)

Thats 276 in total, 16 of which were made after Trumps election victory.

Bush2 made 291,

Clinton made 364,

Roosevelt made 3,734.

Number of EO's doesn't mean shit, its whats in them that counts...

wren's picture

It takes EO's to get rid of EO's. I believe this was an EO to get rid of Obama's EO's regarding the environment.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Patience Grasshopper. The dragon ate the elephant one bite at a time. Patience.

NoDebt's picture

"Green group Earthjustice was one of many organizations that said it will fight the order both in and out of court."

Might I suggest you start you suit somewhere in the 9th circuit's jurisdiction?


847328_3527's picture

"In protest, EarthJustice plans to decimate at least two major California forests to flames."

At least the FF joints are safe from this group.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Aww poor babies. Are they going to start blowing shit up to make their case?


Sector Catalyst's picture

Meanwhile in Cuckanada, the egregious ex Drama teacher/part-time ski instructor, and full time homosexual Justine Turdeau is implementing a Carbon Tax and planning on phasing out coal completely by 2030 with no real succession plan to make up for the energy defecit.

Liberalism is a mental disease.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Instead of fossil fuels for heating, Mr TooDull is going to tell Canucks to use moose for warmth... instead of just for sex...

CCanuck's picture

Real Canucks use beavers for sex, the moose are used for transportation, a good beaver is hard to find on foot, moose cut down tracking time.


gatorengineer's picture

Canadian beaver is easier to find these days, just look for the Hijabs....

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Congratulations Mr. President!!

Well done. Thank you for keeping your promise to the American People!

May GOD bless the TRUMP team!!!


algol_dog's picture

Climate feels hotter already. Oh wait ... I live in Hawaii. Never mind ....

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) crakerman Mar 28, 2017 2:16 PM

TWICE as much winning as the average everyday Turd Ferguson disciple

SilverRoofer's picture

Blythe's 12 inch silver penis is that you

Raffie's picture

Good stuff.

Lots of damage to undo for sure.

Insurrector's picture

In favor of lots more future damage.

Fucking flat earth creationists who think the world is ending soon.

enfield0916's picture

Go live on a house boat in the middle of the ocean, dance with dolphins, eat alge and drink your own recycled pee as water. Fucking libtard!

847328_3527's picture

Coal miner families can put food on the table again.


How horrible!

spastic_colon's picture

awww dont team up on the refugees from all the lib news outlets that shut down their "free speech" comment sections because they cant handle truth and criticism............on second thought

Raffie's picture

America has the cleanest coal plants on the Earth.

Only steam escapes.

The soot is mixed into concrete so the coal waste used.

So you are against steam, there is no reason to get heated over that. You and your followers of mother Earth should go to Fukushima and fix that mess. That is a way bigger problem then coal power plants.

thx for stopping in and don't let the door hit you on the way out.


Peacefulwarrior's picture

+1 Amen RAFFIE, Finally we hear a very real and true statement. FUKUSHIMA at ground water level, possibly going full China Syndrome isn't found anywhere.

Scuba Steve's picture

Exactly, as I stated above EPA even admits the tests on air coming out of stacks is cleaner than the air going in

And yes, the ash is combined into concrete.

cougar_w's picture

Coal was taken out by fracking, not Obama. Trump can sign that ExOrder twice a day if he wants, won't make any difference for coal today or ever, and him saying so to a miner's face looks bad. the man has either no real knowledge of what is happening on the ground, or he's a double-down liar and gives no shits either way.