Date
23 May 2017
Donald Trump is said to be readying to sign an executive order to roll back use of climate change in policy reviews. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump is said to be readying to sign an executive order to roll back use of climate change in policy reviews. Photo: Reuters

Trump to drop climate change from environmental reviews: report

US President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that will dramatically reduce the role that climate change plays in policy decisions, Bloomberg reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.

The move is aimed at reversing the former Obama administration’s broad approach for addressing climate change, under which government agencies were instructed to factor in the issue during formal environmental reviews, the report said.

Trump’s order will compel a reconsideration of the government’s use of a metric known as the “social cost of carbon” that reflects the potential economic damage from climate change, according to the report. 

It will set in motion some discrete policy changes designed to make coal easier to extract and more enticing to burn.

For instance, the directive will compel the Environmental Protection Agency to undo the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule that forced states to slash the use of coal-fired electricity.

It will also reverse an Obama administration order that blocked the sale of new coal-mining rights on federal lands.

Among other changes, the new executive order is expected to instruct regulators to rescind regulations limiting oil industry emissions of methane, a particularly potent greenhouse gas.

The sweeping changes are designed to help Trump fulfill a pledge to “cancel job-killing restrictions” on domestic energy and his repeated promise to put coal miners back to work, Bloomberg said.

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