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It’s official: Trump moves to upend Obama’s climate action

President Trump has announced plans to eliminate the Climate Action Plan, in one of his administration’s first updates to the White House website.

Following Trump’s inauguration on Friday, six ‘top issues’ were posted to the White House website, including ‘An American First Energy Plan’.

This plan stated President Trump’s commitment to “eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule”.

The Climate Action Plan, introduced in 2013 by President Obama, sought to reduce the United States’ emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change and global warming.

Instead, Trump’s new energy plan will ‘embrace the shale oil and gas revolution’ and revive America’s coal industry, prompting worry among environmental campaigners.

ClientEarth climate lawyer Sophie Marjanac said: “This regressive step is a worrying opening move from President Trump. It confirms that this administration will try to undo the laws we crucially need to protect the planet and our children’s future from dangerous climate change. It must be resisted.”

The President’s inauguration also saw all mentions of climate change removed from the White House website, demonstrating Trump is resolute on the calls he made on the campaign trail.

Prior to his election, Donald Trump has been consistently clear about his views on climate change and his opposition to the Paris Agreement.

He previously called climate change a hoax, “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”.

Global climate action is unstoppable and will continue with or without the leadership of the US. But America’s climate success – or failure – will affect us all. The new President and his administration must take responsibility for the most crucial challenge of our time and ensure that any new energy plans are built to withstand and counteract the pressures of the changing climate.

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Patrick Tomasso