President Donald Trump (R) has taken further actions to weaken the US climate protections and make the US less competitive as he seeks to make it easier for dirty coal to compete with cheap, renewable energy. In his latest moves to dismantle protections and roll back President Barak Obama’s Clean Power Power, Trump has drawn outrage from environmentalists and supporters of clean energy like wind and solar power and will soon be the subject of a march on Washington, DC.
“We are deeply disappointed that the Administration would seek to roll the clock back on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” Carol Werner, Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). “This flies in the face of the Supreme Court decision that the EPA has authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate such emissions. It also flies in the face of the global community, whose nations have made it clear that taking action to mitigate climate change and address its impacts is a critical responsibility for all governments on behalf of their citizens.”
“This comes at a time when bipartisan public opinion is strongly in favor of addressing climate change and embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency,” Werner added. “So many of our universities and businesses have stated their concerns about climate change and committed their own institutions to take the lead in reducing emissions. The trends are clear: a transition is underway as companies and communities move toward a cleaner energy economy.”
The Clean Power Plan, which many states had already taken steps towards implementing, would have represented the US’s first national limits on carbon emission from power plants, according to EESI. The organization noted that such emissions currently account for 40 percent of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
The Sierra Club noted that renewable energy is creating more jobs than coal can. And, in the western US, many states are set to surpass the Clean Power Plan’s requirement while keeping energy bills low or even lowering them thanks to renewable energy.
“The Trump Administration promised to support the American worker, and yet he and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have set a course to cut a plan that would grow the clean energy industry, which already employs hundreds of thousands of people in the West,” contended Bill Corcoran, Western Campaign Director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. “Families are saving money as energy efficiency is prioritized and clean energy comes online. Homeowners have greater energy freedom with rooftop solar. And battery storage is driving innovation and supporting a more reliable energy grid.”
The actions from the Trump administration are also drawing the ire of 350.org, which is organizing a “Peoples Climate March” in Washington, DC, April 29. “The best way to fight against these executive orders is to take to the streets,” asserted 350.org Executive Director May Boeve. “Even as Trump dismantles environmental protections to shore up the fossil fuel industry, support for action to stop global warming is at an all-time high.” The march will bring together labor unions, youth and faith groups and climate and social justice groups, among others, to protest Trump’s actions. The organization said the same coalition brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City to call for climate action ahead of the Paris Climate Summit.Tweet