The order aims “to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy,” says The New York Times.
It's being celebrated as a way to increase U.S. “energy independence” and restore thousands of lost coal mining jobs.
The order to be signed Tuesday will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in the effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels, says The Associated Press.
For example, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. 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.
Trump's order doesn’t address whether the United States should withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, under which it's pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels, because the administration is divided on that issue, says The Washington Post.
While Republicans have blamed Obama-era environmental rules for the loss of coal jobs, federal data show that U.S. mines have been shedding jobs for decades under presidents from both parties as a result of increasing automation and competition from cheaper natural gas. Another factor is the plummeting cost of solar panels and wind turbines, which now can produce emissions-free electricity less expensively than burning coal.
Coal mining now accounts for fewer than 70,000 American jobs, according to an Energy Department analysis released in January. By contrast, renewable energy — including wind, solar and biofuels — accounts for more than 650,000 U.S. jobs.
In related news, Breitbart columnist James Delingpole says Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, is failing to "drain the swamp" at the agency.
“Pruitt wants to keep himself in the middle of the road so he can get himself elected” as one of Oklahoma’s next senators, Delingpole quotes an unnamed source as saying.