US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations. The move is meant to bolster domestic energy production, but environmentalists have vowed to challenge it in court.
The decree, dubbed the “Energy Independence” order, will seek to undo former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants.
It will also rescind a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, reverse rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduce the weight of climate change in federal agencies’ assessments of new regulations.
The wide-ranging order is the boldest yet in Trump’s broader push to cut environmental regulation to revive the oil and gas drilling and coal mining industries, a promise he made repeatedly during his campaign for the presidency.
The Trump administration is also expected to give its consent for major export of natural gas to India. A senior US official said, energy sector is likely to be a major area of co-operation between India and the US,