President Trump Issues Order Dismantling Obama-Era Climate Rules

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President Donald Trump makes remarks prior to signing an Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters on March 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. The order reverses the Obama-era climate change policies. From left to right: Vice President Mike Pence; the President; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt; US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke; US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry; and unidentified coal miners.

Surrounded by coal miners, President Donald Trump signed a broad executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to revise or withdraw key regulations aimed at restricting greenhouse
gas pollution. The order takes particular aim at the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration's far-reaching set of rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Environmental advocates say the order effectively halts federal action on climate change, while coal industry supporters say it will bring back jobs. We discuss the order and its potential impacts.

Guests:

Evan Lehmann, deputy editor, Climatewire

Jeff Holmstead, partner, Bracewell; assistant administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Air under President George W. Bush

Mary Anne Hitt, director, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign

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