“I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations,” said President Trump at EPA headquarters.
The President spoke those words today as he signed an order to undo a host of Obama-era economically devastating environmental regulations.
The sweeping executive order targets the Clean Power Plan, which was (supposedly) intended to curb carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants. (I personally think it was an attack on the American way of life.)
The president described the Clean Power Plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.” “So many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” said Trump.
The order also chips away at a myriad of other environmental regulations, including scrapping language on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases.
Trump vowed repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign to cut environmental regulation. This order demonstrates his commitment to keeping those promises.
The order drew praise from business groups, and not surprisingly, condemnation from environmental groups.
The Paris deal was not addressed.