“My administration is taking steps to put an end to the war on coal.” These were the words of President Donald Trump yesterday as he signed another executive order, this one dealing a death blow to the myriad of rules, powers, over-reaches and job-killing regulations of the Obama-era Environment Protection Agency.
CNN began its coverage of the story:
“President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, which officials said looks to curb the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations by putting American jobs above addressing climate change.
The order represents a clear difference between how Trump and former President Barack Obama view the role the United States plays in combating climate change, and dramatically alters the government’s approach to rising sea levels and temperatures — two impacts of climate change.
Trump said during the signing that the order will “eliminate federal overreach” and “start a new era of production and job creation.”
“My action today is latest in steps to grow American jobs,” Trump added, saying his order is “ending the theft of prosperity.”
CNN being CNN, they managed to inject their own biases into the coverage:
“The order represents a clear difference between how Trump and former President Barack Obama view the role the United States plays in combating climate change, and dramatically alters the government’s approach to rising sea levels and temperatures — two impacts of climate change.”
See what they did there? CNN agenda aside, coverage continued:
“A White House official briefed on the plan said Monday the administration believes the government can both “serve the environment and increase independence at the same time” by urging the EPA for focus on what the administration believes is its core mission: Clean air and clean water.”
At the signing ceremony Trump directed the EPA to start the complex and sure-to-be lengthy legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which has already closed hundreds and would have closed hundreds more coal-fired power plants, frozen construction of new plants and replaced them with even more new wind and solar farms.
Surrounded by miners at the signing, “C’mon, fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says?” Trump said to the miners. “You’re going back to work.”
This order “rescinds at least six Obama-era executive orders aimed at curbing climate change and regulating carbon emissions, including Obama’s November 2013 executive order instructing the federal government to prepare for the impact of climate change and the September 2016 presidential memorandum that outlined the “growing threat to national security” that climate change poses.”
Needless to say the greenies and environmentalist crowds aren’t pleased, are already up in arms and busy bloviating about how Trump wants to poison our water, pollute the air and see more children die:
“These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American,” Tom Steyer, the president of NexGen Climate, said in a statement. “Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense.”
Andrew Steer, CEO of the World Resources Institute, said that the executive order shows Trump is “failing a test of leadership to protect Americans’ health, the environment and economy.”
To those voices Trump is saying without saying the same thing Barack Obama once did – we won, get over it.
A White House official commenting on the development said, “The previous administration devalued workers by their policies. We are saying we can do both. We can protect the environment and provide people with work.”
And with that Trump has kept another campaign promise, that of getting the EPA back to its core mission, stripping it of its pseudo-legislative power and role, and putting America’s miners back to work.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]