President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, a senior White House official said.
The order, called the “Energy Independence Executive Order,” begins a review of former President Barack Obama’s signature program to deal with climate change, the Clean Power Plan, which limited greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
It’s a glorious day. Another of Princess Precious Snowflake’s diktats shoved under the bus by Executive Order.
The order instructs all agencies to identify all policies that “serve as obstacles or impediments to energy production,” said the official, who spoke on background. The White House provided no timeline for implementing the order, but said that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was “ready to hit the ground running.”
Go for it, Scott! We’re pulling for ya! Let’s get Americans back to work, shall we?
The executive order takes other measures to protect the coal industry, such as instructing the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban on coal leasing on federal lands that the Obama administration put in place last year.
Another of the old regime’s diktats. Splat!
The order scraps federal guidances instructing agencies to factor climate change into policymaking,
Well that’s good. Aren’t we always told about the wall of separation between church and state?
and to disband a team tasked with calculating the “social cost of carbon.”
Most likely through extended vacations, ahem, seminars in exotic locales, trying to come up with fantasy figures in between mai-tais and lobster fests.
Trump’s executive order will likely kneecap the federal government’s most important policy for reducing carbon emissions. Doing so would also hamper U.S. efforts to meet the commitments made more than a year ago in the 195-country Paris Agreement ? the first global climate deal to include the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest polluters.
No problem, since the Paris “Agreement” was never ratified, so it’s utterly invalid anyway.
Repealing those rules could prove expensive and deadly, costing the U.S. economy up to $600 billion by removing critical incentives to increase energy efficiency, according to the research firm Energy Innovation.
“Could”, “might”, “some say”, here we go again. Ah, HuffPo, trying to convince us that increasing employment and energy production along with lowering costs is somehow going to cost the economy over half a trillion dollars. You’re so funny when you’re having a tantrum.
The CCP’s repeal could lead to billions of tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere, which in turn could contribute to more than 120,000 premature deaths, according to a writeup of the study in Forbes.
It could lead to billions of tons of plant food in the atmosphere (we’re sure the plants, at least, don’t disapprove) and it could, based on yet another hocus pocus “model” that presumes from the outset that babies are croaking left, right and center due to plant food in the air (oddly enough, we don’t ever seem to hear about the massive drops in premature deaths resulting from the past 8 years of War on Energy)… Could, could and maybe.
Then again, it also could not.
What we know is that unemployment and/or inability to keep your home adequately cool or warm rarely has a beneficial effect on life expectancy, but who gives a fuck about facts when there are crystal ball predictions based on the chants of a bogus cult to go with instead?
Of course, we now enter the next phase with hordes of Prozi lawyers trying to keep energy scarce and expensive because, you know, keeping the proles unemployed and freezing in the dark is how you “look out for the little guy.”