Deutsche Welle: Trump moves to gut Obama’s climate legacy

3.30.17

With his latest executive order, President Trump has begun undoing Obama’s plan to counter global warming. But climate experts believe the move away from fossil fuels will continue regardless – leaving the US behind.

US President Donald Trump signed his latest executive order on Tuesday, aiming to undo a 2015 plan proposed by former President Barack Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

The so-called “Energy Independence” order targets Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was intended to require states to collectively cut their carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The move is intended to give a boost to the struggling drilling and mining industries and create jobs, one of Trump’s key campaign promises.

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