Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action
President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the matter.
One executive order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rewriting the 2015 regulation that limits greenhouse-gas emissions from existing electric utilities. It also instructs the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing.
A second order will instruct the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to revamp a 2015 rule, known as the Waters of the United States rule, that applies to 60 percent of the water bodies in the country. That regulation was issued under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which gives the federal government authority over not only major water bodies but also the wetlands, rivers and streams that feed into them. It affects development as well as some farming operations on the grounds that these activities could pollute the smaller or intermittent bodies of water that flow into major ones.
Bottom line: Republicans aim to a allow:
- Coal mining national parks, allowing foreign mining companies to pollute parks and not pay for clean up.
- Increase air pollution from power plants
- Dump industrial chemicals, pesticides, and livestock waste into US rivers and streams.
Zero objective analysis provided this will MAGA or create jobs.