Editorial: A terrible step back on U.S. climate policy

NORTH JERSEY EDITORIAL BOARD / BURLINGTON FREE PRESS – In his run for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump made the quest of rescuing the nation’s diminished coal industry a big part of his strategy, especially in “big coal” states such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Last week, he tried his best to make good on the promise, as his administration announced its latest assault on clean-climate protocols meant to make us less reliant on heavy-pollution fossil fuels and to make the air we breathe cleaner and safer.

“Americans want reliable energy that they can afford,” Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said in signing an order that scraps one of the heroic initiatives of the Obama era that was meant to cut back on dirty energy sources such as coal, and to rein in fossil fuel emissions. The replacement rule gives states more leeway in deciding whether to require plants to make limited efficiency upgrades …

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