Keeping another campaign pledge, President #Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence #executive order today that rescinds, reviews, or freezes nearly half a dozen Obama-era rules. The order’s primary goal is to boost domestic energy production related to oil, natural gas, and coal while removing massive regulatory roadblocks. That, Trump remarked, will grow our economy, bring back jobs, and create an energy revolution.
In various interviews, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said President Trump was setting a new course that was both pro-jobs and pro-environment. Pruitt noted for far too long, the EPA has been picking certain industries to win while placing other sectors into the crosshairs of the agency’s regulatory guns. He said that was no longer going to happen.
One rule that’s getting scrutiny is the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which placed strict limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants. The Executive Order (EO) initiates a review of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which has been under ongoing legal challenges from both states and industry. Trump had campaigned the rules were killing American manufacturing jobs by giving other countries an unfair advantage.