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Cheers! Trump to drop ‘climate change’ from federal environmental reviews

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(Reuters) – President Donald Trump is set to sign an order to greatly reduce the role climate change plays in decision making across the U.S. government, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the administration’s plan.

The order, which could be signed this week, aims to reverse former Democratic President Barack Obama’s broad approach for addressing climate change, the report said. (bloom.bg/2nkDvKo)

The directive will urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to undo the Clean Power Plan, the Bloomberg report said.

The Clean Power Plan is Obama’s centerpiece initiative to combat climate change, requiring states to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, but it was never implemented due to legal challenges launched by several Republican states.

According to the report, the measure would direct U.S. regulators to rescind Obama-era regulations limiting oil industry emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The order will also involve a reconsideration of the government’s use of a metric known as the “social cost of carbon”, which weighs the potential economic damage from climate change, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

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