It's worth reading in full to understand the different fronts on which the administration intends to attack existing legislation and free industries and vehicles to emit more carbon than now permitted.
President Trump will sign an executive order aimed at rolling back energy and environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, on Tuesday, officials have confirmed. He is not likely, for instance, to be able to bring back the USA coal industry, one of many promises he made around the theme of good-paying jobs.
Told by ABC host George Stephanopolous that most coal-job losses took place a decade ago under Obama's predecessor George W. Bush - as natural gas increasingly replaced coal - Pruitt dismissed concerns that Trump had made a promise he can't keep. Those are market forces that won't be overcome by presidential orders. The current calculus, which is set at $36 per ton of carbon dioxide, aims to capture the negative consequences of allowing greenhouse gas emissions to continue to rise and is applied to any regulations that have a climate impact.
Language on the Paris climate agreement.
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Pruitt said that the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, which the USA signed up to, was "non-binding". In his Sunday interview, Pruitt suggested that whether the United States opts out or remains in the agreement is unrelated to Tuesday's executive action.
Other policies in the cross hairs: an EPA rule setting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions for construction of new power plants and an Interior Department regulation setting mandates on hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells on federal lands. "The Paris accord is nonbinding. Paris was just a bad deal".
Trump has already alarmed environmentalists by ordering completion of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, promising to revive the moribund USA coal industry, and asking the EPA to reconsider rules regulating clean water and fuel economy for cars. "And so this is an effort to undo the unlawful approach the previous administration engaged in, and to do it right going forward with the mindset of being pro-growth and pro-environment".
Pruitt on Sunday called the Paris climate accord a "bad deal" because he said it went too easy on China and India, who like the USA are among the world's leading producers of carbon dioxide. So we've penalised ourselves through lost jobs while China and India didn't take steps to address the issue internationally.