Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan

Still, the Trump administration is pushing forward with the president's ambitious agenda, even in the face ongoing pressure and questions about ties between Trump's associates and Russian Federation - something the White House denies.

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that begins the process of reversing climate change policies put in place by President Obama, including his predecessor's Clean Power Plan.

Trump signs against United States efforts to combat climate changeA new order from U.S. President Donald Trump lifting rules meant to combat climate change.

The order initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

Mr. Trump was scheduled to sign the new executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency with Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday afternoon.

President Donald Trump pledged to miners that coal will make a comeback.

"With today's executive action, I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy", said the U.S. President.

The company describes the agreement as "an effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change", and highlights opportunities for U.S. businesses in the Paris framework for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Together, California and NY represent approximately 60 million people - almost one-in-five Americans - and 20 percent of the nation's gross domestic product", Cuomo and Brown said in their statement.

For coal's fortunes-among the most important of the six "Energy Independence" executive orders Trump signed-is one ending a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. He frequentlypromised to revive the struggling coal industry, and often criticized Obama's environmental efforts, saying they "killed" coal jobs by burdening the industry with impossible standards. "You're missing the train", he said.

Wind and solar jobs in the U.S. have been increasing in recent years as jobs in coal mining continue to decline.

Former vice president Al Gore called Trump's move a "misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future". And environmental groups are promising to fight the president's actions in court.

The Clean Power Plan was the cornerstone of Mr. Obama's climate policy in the run-up to meeting Paris commitment. Addressing the U.S.'s largest source of carbon pollution, Schneiderman said in his office's news release that it "is essential" in mitigating climate change's negative impacts. "Our incredible coal miners, we love our coal miners, great people", he said.

She said the industry's big concern is that the Obama rules would cause an even sharper drop in demand for coal as states and utilities moved to phase out remaining coal-fired power plants to meet the tougher emissions targets.

Despite the concern of the new executive order, Asadollahi hopes the USA rollback of climate change legislation leads to countries like Canada stepping up to do more.

It also rescinds a number of the previous administration's actions that do not reflect this administration's priorities.

The push for renewable energy also has been boosted by federal tax credits promoting solar and wind, which have led to growing industries in states like Nevada and Iowa, home to senior lawmakers in Congress who are expected to resist a rollback.

While Republicans have blamed Obama-era environmental regulations for the loss of coal jobs, federal data shows that USA mines have been shedding jobs for decades under presidents from both parties as a result of increasing automation and competition from cheaper natural gas.

The American Petroleum Institute, the chief lobbying arm of the oil and gas industry, said Trump's new "common-sense" regulations will help continue a domestic energy boom that "benefits American consumers, workers and the environment".

  • Jacqueline Ellis