In Barack Obama the United States had a President who often referred to climate change as the greatest long-term threat facing the world, and made the country a world leader on the subject.
In Donald Trump, the country now has a President who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax, and who is actively working to undo Obama’s promising work on the subject.
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that will roll back the legacy of Obama and make his sceptic view of climate change the national policy of the country.
The order calls for the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a plan put in place to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-powered electricity plants.
The plan had been put into place by the Obama administration to show that the US was taking impactful action on climate change during the Paris climate talks in 2015. The New York Times describe it as “the most significant part of the strategy to cut emissions by the amount specified in the Paris agreement”.
Obama often called climate change the greatest long-term threat facing the world, and believed his efforts to stop the warming of the planet would be the most consequential legacy he left in place. The Clean Power Plan aimed to get States to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% by 2030.