“As the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles, we speak today in unified opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan. We won’t let the president’s misguided decision limit our region’s economic opportunities or our commitment to doing what’s right to make our cities and states cleaner and healthier for future generations.”
The attorneys general of 16 states and the District of Columbia today vowed to protect U.S. EPA’s regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from President Trump’s directive on energy. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) led the coalition, along with the attorneys general from Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.
President Trump and his allies celebrated at U.S. EPA headquarters Tuesday as they quashed the Obama administration’s climate policies. Flanked by his energy and environmental lieutenants and about a dozen coal miners, Trump signed a long-awaited executive order that immediately knocks down some Obama environmental efforts and kicks off the process of repealing major climate regulations.
While repealing the Clean Power Plan is deeply symbolic, the move will probably have little impact on the U.S. wind and solar industries. After years of being supported by subsidies, prices have plunged so much that renewables can compete with fossil fuels. That’s why energy companies are pushing forward with long-term plans to generate power with clean alternatives, even as Trump vows to breathe life back into coal country.
In his first major move to undo President Barack Obama’s climate change policies, President Trump declared Tuesday the beginning of a “new era in American energy and production and job creation.” Here is an assessment of his claims about energy production and jobs.
President Trump, flanked by company executives and miners, signed a long-promised executive order on Tuesday to nullify President Barack Obama’s climate change efforts and revive the coal industry, effectively ceding American leadership in the international campaign to curb the dangerous heating of the planet.
State politicians have introduced measures to dramatically expand renewable electric power in nearly a dozen states in the first three months of 2017, some as ambitious as aiming to run entirely on renewables within a few decades; some would launch smaller-scale community solar ventures, like a pilot in Virginia; others would add tax breaks for solar users in South Carolina and Florida. But other state legislatures are resisting the advance of clean power as it begins to transform the energy landscape. Less a new assault inspired by the Republican-led backlash against green energy under way in Washington, D.C., it’s the continuation of campaigns by conservative groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity and the Heartland Institute with ties to the fossil fuel billionaires, the Koch brothers. Members of traditional energy companies, including utilities and fossil fuel companies, have also supported some attacks.
At a dusty construction site here amid the limestone ridges of Provence, workers scurry around immense slabs of concrete arranged in a ring like a modern-day Stonehenge. It looks like the beginnings of a large commercial power plant, but it is not. The project, called ITER, is an enormous, and enormously complex and costly, physics experiment. But if it succeeds, it could determine the power plants of the future and make an invaluable contribution to reducing planet-warming emissions.
As the nation waits for President Donald Trump to dismantle clean-power regulations, Gov. Terry Branstad chose to start his week by highlighting the importance to Iowa of wind energy. “Perhaps the most important impact wind has had on our state are the high-quality, good-paying jobs that are helping grow family incomes across this state. But wind has also helped us reduce our dependency on coal and other non-renewable resources,” Branstad said Monday during his weekly news conference.
As President Trump today pulls the first strings in unraveling President Obama’s signature climate change regulation, he will claim he’s saving Americans from skyrocketing electricity bills and putting coal miners back to work. In truth, that’s hard to show. Experts say it’s difficult to get more than a rough estimate of how the Clean Power Plan would influence power costs, since natural gas and renewable energy prices play a role, as do state choices about trading systems.