The White House will release its executive order on the Clean Power Plan tomorrow, triggering President Trump’s promises to dismantle the climate policies of his predecessor.
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the timing yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.” The move comes as the White House seeks safe footing after its stunning legislative loss on health care Friday.
The twin announcements about signing the executive order and permitting the Keystone XL pipeline, made before the weekend, stand to ease the turbulence of last week by fulfilling two of Trump’s oaths to rural constituents.
“We’ve made tremendous progress on our environment, and we can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment, and the executive order’s going to address the [past] administration’s effort to kill jobs across the country through the Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt said.
Vice President Mike Pence set the stage Saturday by telling a crowd in West Virginia, “The war on coal is over.”
His remarks sought to reorient the White House toward an issue that served Trump well on the campaign trail, where he at one point wore a coal miner’s hard hat and exulted in the devotion of workers in reflective stripes and coveralls.
“We’re going to bring back jobs,” Pence said. “We’re going to get Washington out of the way of energy producers and coal miners — because energy means growth for America, and President Trump digs coal.”