President Trump To Sign Executive Order Rolling Back Obama Era Climate Rules

As a part of his promise to undo much of the Obama administration’s executive action, the President will sign a new order on Tuesday that will roll back much of his predecessor’s regulatory scheme regarding global warming.

The Daily Caller reported on this new order, and discussed the details of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to both cut executive overreach, but also to maintain environmental protection.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told ABC News Trump would issue the order tomorrow to make “sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we do regulation in this country.”

“The executive order is going to address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs across this country through the Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of the “energy independence” executive order on Sunday.

Trump promised to eliminate “job-killing” energy regulations during his campaign, specifically rolling back an EPA regulation limiting greenhouse gas emissions on power plants — the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

(We have previously reported on the EPA’s new direction under Administrator Pruitt in our exclusive interview from earlier this month).

The order goes further than just rolling back the CPP though. It will seek to create environmental policy that does not unduly burden economic growth. Part of that includes measures to assist in bringing back the coal industry, much of which had been decimated by the Obama administration’s war on coal.

One of Bloomberg’s reporters got a sneak-peek at the order, and part of it includes an end to the moratorium on new leases for coal mining on federally owned lands (federal ownership of land is a completely different issue, for a separate discussion).

It will also require the EPA to review much of the Obama administration’s regulations that addressed greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, the “social cost of carbon” (SCC) commission will be disbanded; the SCC was an estimate made by federal workers that was used to justify further executive branch regulations.

The Daily Caller noted that while some of the new order will be effective immediately, the roll-back of the Clean Power Plan will likely take months due to the larger scope of the plan.

One thing is for sure though, at least in the energy sector, the President appears to be keeping his promise to erase much of Obama’s legacy. But that is inherently one of the problems with creating law by executive fiat: a new President comes in and can completely erase that with the stroke of a pen.