Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan

The Clean Power Plan was an important part of the USA commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 26 to 28 per cent below their 2005 levels by the year 2025.

The worldwide diplomats are set to raise their concerns of the USA's commitments towards climate change under the Trump Presidency in an upcoming gathering in May on the Paris climate agreement.

But in Florida and across the country, it's doubtful the rollback will have much impact - positive or negative, says University of Miami economist David Kelly.

Apart from stringent regulations, the abundance of cheap natural gas also played a role in pushing away coal as a favored choice of fuel in utilities. Areas of the Midwest were more opposed to restricting use of coal. The company is also investing in efficiency measures and renewable energy sources.

The CPP, as Trump and EPA-head Scott Pruitt argue, overburdens the coal and mining industries with needless regulations, leading to massive layoffs and power plant shutdowns.

"Coal jobs are dying because of mining mechanization and a flood of low-priced, abundant natural gas", he says.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) argued on Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to prioritize jobs over climate change with his new executive order is "a nonsensical and stupid and unsafe approach".

The editorial pointed out China and the United States are the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitters, but said China is still in the process of developing while America is a superpower with the technological edge to slash emissions.

As Obama's Clean Power Plan wound its way through the courts, 18 states, including Washington, stepped forward to defend it. Western opinion should continue to pressure the Trump administration on climate change.

"Other states without state emissions mandates now have no federal mandates", said Dan Dolan, the president of the New England Power Generators Association.

The jobs listed on the right are total jobs tallied by the Environmental Protection Agency for the first quarter of 2016.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Tillerson said he came to the conclusion years ago that "the risk of climate change does exist and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken".

Berkshire Gas supports Massachusetts' clean energy legislation, said Christopher C. Farrell, the company's manager of communications and government relations. Jeremy Symons, associate vice president of Climate Political Affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund, says this executive order takes our country in a risky direction. "It's not good for planning what type of power plant you're going to build, which is, like, a 20-year investment".

  • Tracy Ferguson