Just when you thought he couldn’t *be* a worse human, Donald Trump goes and signs an executive order that essentially undoes Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming.
The President – flanked by dudes, as usual – put his signature to an order compelling the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to curb carbon emissions from power plants, with the overall goal of shaving 32% off the sector’s greenhouse gas footprint by 2030.
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 28, 2017
The CPP has been at the centre of much chagrin from everyone who profits from burning oil, coal and gas, and Trump – a man who previously called global warming a “hoax” invented by the Chinese – reckons his new plan will “put an end to the war on coal”.
“With today’s executive action, I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations,” he said during the press conference at the EPA headquarters. “We’re ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country. We’re bringing back those magnificent words ‘made in the USA’. That is what this is all about: bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again.”
Yeah, never mind the fkn planet hey?
But not even Trump can make the CPP go away with one flick of his pen; this executive order simply empowers the EPA to review and rewrite the plan, after which any changes will be subject to years and years of public hearings and legal action from environmental agencies who want to keep our little corner of the universe healthy.
Small mercies, people. Small mercies.
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