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>> President Trump's administration set to sweep away rules aimed at reigning in global climate change. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where despite the drama and dysfunction that seems to top the news every day, President Trump is managing to move forward with his agenda. His Environmental Protection Agency saying on Monday that it will repeal a landmark Obama era rule to curb greenhouse gases, a move that could potentially have a significant impact for decades to come.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt telling coal miners in Kentucky that quote, the war against coal is over. Announcing that he will roll back the clean power rule. President Obama's plan to cut power plant emissions by one-third, aiming to shut down coal burning plants or force them to convert to cleaner burning natural gas.
The move part of Trump's broader effort to boost fossil fuels, which scientists say are the primary driver behind global warming. Trump like many Republicans has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change. Pulling out of the 195-nation Paris climate pact earlier this year. Accusing Obama of mounting a war on coal and promising to bring back lost mining jobs.
The economists say, automation and market forces have tilted those jobs into decline as much as anything else. Pruitt was one of the foremost foes of Obama's power plan when he served as Oklahoma attorney general. Now he is rolling back pollution protections as head of Trump's EPA, but getting rid of Obama's rules is one thing.
Coming up with a replacement is another. Many business groups are calling on Pruitt to come up with his own framework for power plant emissions. That's a process that could take years with environmentalists battling him every step of the way. Meanwhile, the planet's steadily getting warmer. Much of the United States experiencing its hottest September on record with temperatures topping 90 degrees from Minneapolis to Maine.
The Trump administration apparently not seeing this as a problem.