Trump’s Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Policy Has Been Sorely Needed

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rolling back a number of Obama-era climate policies. The order also calls on the EPA to review, repeal, or revise the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan requires states to transform their electricity mix away from conventional fuels toward renewables.

As promised, President Donald Trump has issued an “energy independence” executive order to undo several of the Obama administration’s climate change regulations.

To the benefit of all Americans who desire affordable, dependable energy, the executive order will help energy companies establish some independence from overzealous regulators.

Here’s what the order does:

Orders the Environmental Protection Agency to review and repeal, or revise, the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan is the backbone of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda, requiring states to transform their electricity mix away from conventional fuels toward renewables.

The plan will raise the costs of energy, and these will be borne by all Americans, especially low-income families who spend a larger portion of their budget on energy costs. And the climate benefits would be practically undetectable, mitigating a mere few hundredths of a degree Celsius warming by the year 2100.

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