President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at rolling back a number of Obama-era climate policies.
The action sets in motion an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s landmark rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and rescinds a number of executive actions aimed at reining in climate change or mitigating its effects.
Trump will also seek to align federal agencies’ policies with his goal of boosting U.S. fossil fuel production and achieving energy independence.
On Tuesday, he reiterated his long-held view that Obama-era policies were killing jobs.
“My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth. We’re ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country,” he said before signing the order.
That action signals that the administration is “going to go in a different direction” on climate policy, according to a senior administration official.
“It’s an issue that deserves attention, but I think the president has been clear he’s not going to pursue climate or environmental policies that put the U.S. economy at risk,” he told reporters during a briefing on Monday.