Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives

 
 
Posted11/11/2016 7:00 AM
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  • FILE- In this May 5, 2016 photo, Coal miners wave signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Charleston, W.Va. Trump's election could signal the end of many of President Barack Obama's signature environmental initiatives. Trump has said he loathes regulation and wants to use more coal and expand offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

    FILE- In this May 5, 2016 photo, Coal miners wave signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Charleston, W.Va. Trump's election could signal the end of many of President Barack Obama's signature environmental initiatives. Trump has said he loathes regulation and wants to use more coal and expand offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Associated Press

  • FILE- In this April 23, 2010 photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words about his approach to environment and energy policy: He loathes regulation, and wants to increase the use of coal, offshore drilling and fracking.

    FILE- In this April 23, 2010 photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words about his approach to environment and energy policy: He loathes regulation, and wants to increase the use of coal, offshore drilling and fracking. Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Donald Trump's election could signal the end of many of President Barack Obama's signature environmental initiatives.

Trump has said he loathes regulation and wants to use more coal and expand offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing. He's also vowed to withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

Though he has been short on specifics, environmentalists and policy analysts say Trump's administration probably will try to weaken or kill the Clean Power Plan. The cornerstone Obama policy is meant to combat climate change by reducing carbon pollution from power plants. It's being challenged in federal court.

Advocates for the oil and natural gas and coal industries hope Trump and congressional Republicans eliminate or ease regulations they say hurt jobs.

Environmentalists argue efforts to weaken protections will cause a public backlash.

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