Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

"No matter how other countries' policies on climate change, as a responsible large developing country China's resolve, aims and policy moves in dealing with climate change will not change", he said.

"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal", Trump said, with a dozen coal miners standing onstage beside him and several of his cabinet members. Crabtree said the reprieve Trump has provided helps buy time to build more technology that can help reduce carbon emissions and make coal cleaner before any future regulations fall into place.

Exxon has a complex and controversial history with climate change.

This week, with the stroke of a pen, Trump set in motion actions that could undo much of the good President Obama accomplished in his climate change initiatives. A replacement for the Clean Power Plan would have to work its way through a vetting and approval process and is expected to come under legal fire from environmental advocates and individual states. "It was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama and others, and I am pleased that President Trump has ordered that it be reviewed".

Trump's main target is Obama's Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants and was key to the USA pledge under Paris to cut emissions by between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

As the Financial Post columnist Claudia Cattaneo said after Trump's executive order: "Truth is, Canada's oilsands sector, until recently the most vilified of fossil fuels, is too far down the road of de-carbonization to back up".

"The American Lung Association and its partners from coast to coast will push back", said Lyndsay Moseley Alexander, assistant vice president and director of its Healthy Air Campaign, citing the projected loss of 300,000 school and work days a year to 2030, and an estimated 3,600 "lives ended prematurely", if the Clean Power Plan is scuttled.

"These executive actions are a welcome departure from the previous administration's strategy of making energy more expensive through costly, job-killing regulations that choked our economy", he said in a statement released late on 27 March. The RECLAIM Act of 2017 is meant to accelerate $1 billion from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to "revitalize coal communities hit hardest by the downturn of the coal industry". But the plan wasn't fully implemented: States including Florida sued and the plan was tied up in court. Coal-fired power plants are the nation's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. But earlier in March, after attending an energy conference in Texas, she spoke of her climate plan as part of a global long game, not to be swayed by a short-term myopic view from Washington, D.C., under Trump: "A lot of folks in the oil and gas sector see that a sustainable industry model has to be built on a cycle that's much longer than the electoral cycle, whether it be 24 months or 48, that's in place in the USA right now". The regulation - Obama's signature effort to curb carbon emissions - has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal and gas.

The Trump administration has yet to decide whether it intends to withdraw from the global climate agreement signed in Paris, which sets ambitious goals to reduce carbon pollution.

"Cities will continue to lead on fighting climate change, protecting public health and promoting a safer, cleaner planet - even if Washington will not", Zone said in an email. She described flooding, extreme weather, and shifting precipitation that could all be fed by excess emissions.

To Twine, Trump's executive order rolling back Obama-era climate protections on Wednesday is a big mistake.

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