Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

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Environmental activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, denounced the plan.

The NGO Oxfam described Trump's latest directives, particularly the dismissal of SCC accounting, as a reversal of policies that will hit poorer communities in the USA and overseas the hardest. The order aims to revive America's coal industry and change the country's environmental direction.

Throughout the election, Trump accused the former president of waging "a war" against coal as he campaigned in economically depressed swaths of states like West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

However, according to a report by The New York Times on Tuesday, lifting environmental regulations and ending the moratorium on coal leases will not save coal.

The community-based campaign grew up around legislation originally proposed by President Obama.

"This will help us put a permanent end to the Clean Power Plan", Morrisey said of Trump's order.

The executive order signals a sharp shift in federal climate change rules, standards and work procedures.

California Gov. Jerry Brown was more blunt.

The industry has a fundamental problem it has not addressed even as businesses fail, the IEEFA said: "Too many companies are still mining too much coal for too few customers".

On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: "No matter how other countries' policies change, as a responsible large developing country, China's resolve, aims and policy moves in dealing with climate change will not".

Indiana's governor says the state may see more jobs because of President Trump's decision to end Obama-era clean energy rules.

Another factor is the plummeting cost of solar panels and wind turbines, which now can produce emissions-free electricity cheaper than burning coal.

"By taking this backward step, the US risks a stalled transition to a low-carbon economy, thus giving China and other countries the upper hand as they embrace renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies that are proliferating all across the globe".

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"Pope Francis could not be more strong on jobs", said Bishop Pates, who referred to the pope's 2015 encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home".

Vermont's congressional delegation slammed an executive order issued by President Donald Trump this week that would nullify his predecessor's attempt to curb carbon emissions from power plants, a major contributor to climate change.

China is the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing industrial gases but has emerged as a leader in efforts to control emissions. He's also trying to dismantle the Department of the Interior's moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands.

The Interior Department previous year placed a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands to review the climate change impacts of burning the fuel and whether taxpayers were getting a fair return.

The plan called for reducing power plant emissions by 2030 by about 32 percent from 2005 levels.

In all cases, business groups had complained to Trump - a self-celebrated business tycoon - that the rules were overly burdensome and expensive.

The US coal industry has always been in decline with natural gas, cheap renewable energy, automation, and tricky geology making the sooty fuel a less lucrative prospect.

In Murray's opinion, the continuation of the Clean Power Plan would have caused electric rates to skyrocket.

Brown said in an interview he is confident the Obama-era rule will be upheld in court. "Climate change is real and is a great threat that can not be ignored", Brown said.

Wal-Mart was one of 81 companies that promised to reduce emissions in the run up to the 2015 Paris global climate negotiations.

Some experts believe that the ultimate goal of Mr Trump's executive order is to overturn that ruling.

In a lawsuit over climate pollution from cars litigated when George W. Bush was president, the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act would require greenhouse gases to be regulated if the EPA determines they're a danger to human health and welfare. Some conservative groups have pushed to withdraw the so-called endangerment finding, but Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, has said the finding "needs to be enforced and respected". The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies and climate scientists agree the planet is warming, mostly due to man-made sources, including carbon dioxide, methane, halocarbons and nitrogen oxide. Over the same period, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33 percent.