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US president seeking exit from Paris eco deal

US president seeking exit from Paris eco deal At a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, Donald Trump signed an order to trigger a review of the clean power plan, Obama’s flagship policy to curb carbon emissions, and rescind a moratorium on the sale of coalmining leases on federal lands.

This is reported by The Guardian.

In a speech before he signed the order, Trump promised the measures would be “bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again”.

Trump also pledged a future of “clean coal”, and dismissed “the so-called clean power plan” as “a crushing attack on American industry”. The executive order also lifts a moratorium on the sale of new coal leases on federal land, removes “job killing restrictions” on energy production, and returns power to state level.

The clean power plan – introduced by Obama in 2015 but blocked by the courts last year – was intended to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The president has previously condemned the clean power rule and other regulations as placing an unnecessary burden on American workers and the struggling US coal industry, which faces growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar.
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