So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the new administration has embarked on ambitious plans to undo every vestige of President Obama's efforts to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent climate-change gas.
It's worth reading in full to understand the different fronts on which the administration intends to attack existing legislation and free industries and vehicles to emit more carbon than now permitted.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday demanding the undoing of his predecessor's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired and natural gas power plants. The order would dissolve the task force that calculated what has become known as "the social cost of carbon" and revert to the 2003 standard used under the George W. Bush administration. "So this is a promise (Trump) is keeping to the American people to say that we can put people back to work". In November the previous administration issued a rule curbing such "fugitive" emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, which the House has voted to overturn.
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Donald Trump has previously said he is considering withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement because, in his opinion, "nobody really knows" if climate change is real. In his Sunday interview, Pruitt suggested that whether the United States opts out or remains in the agreement is unrelated to Tuesday's executive action. It was not a treaty, as such.
Trump has already alarmed environmentalists by ordering completion of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, promising to revive the moribund US coal industry, and asking the EPA to reconsider rules regulating clean water and fuel economy for cars.
"What was wrong with Paris was not just that it was, you know, failed to be treated as a treaty, but China and India, the largest producers of Carbon dioxide internationally, got away scot-free", Pruitt said, who has been skeptical of climate change and the EPA's mission. They didn't have to take steps until 2030. While the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the plan from going into effect to allow legal challenges to move forward, the new executive order could send a negative signal to other countries in the Paris accord about the United States' commitment to the deal.