On Tuesday, March 28, President Trump signed an executive order that calls for a reassessment of existing energy policies. The order requests the executive branch to “immediately review existing [energy] regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and [to] appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind” the burdensome regulations (“Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy”, 2017, para. 4).
The order revokes several of the Obama era energy and climate executive actions.
The order revokes several of the Obama era energy and climate executive actions. The revoked actions include a 2013 executive order regarding climate change and a 2015 presidential memorandum that regulated natural energy resources. The order also dictates for an evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. In regards to the coal industry, President Trump’s executive order ends the suspension on “Federal land coal leasing activities” (“Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy”, 2017, para. 23).
Speaking at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., President Trump stated that his executive order will “eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom and allow our companies and our workers to thrive [. . .] on a level playing field” (CBSN, 2017). Pledging to restore coal miners to their jobs, President Trump affirmed that his “administration is putting an end to the war on coal” (CBSN, 2017). The President stated that while regulations are being eliminated, clean air and water will be maintained.
In a statement, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) critiqued President Trump’s order as a “spiteful assault on the Clean Power Plan” that “will poison our air and undermine America’s ability to win the good-paying jobs of the future” (“Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Attack,” 2017, para. 1).