The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a major new plan to address climate change, one that will make the White Trump administration a carbon-free, renewable energy superpower.
The agency will make a number of significant changes, including establishing a cap-and-trade system for emissions and developing a new national cap- and-trade scheme.
The EPA will also require all new oil and gas drilling and production to comply with a carbon reduction standard.
The announcement, however, comes in the face of President Trump’s recent public attacks on the EPA.
Trump has vowed to put an end to the agency and to gut its climate agenda.
His administration has taken steps to undermine the agency’s climate efforts, including withdrawing a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the agency.
But the White New Deal has been on a roll.
On Tuesday, the EPA announced a new plan aimed at reversing the nation’s carbon emissions and the nation will be a carbon emitter for the first time in history by 2035.
The plan will require all oil and natural gas drilling operations to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by up to 50 percent by 2025.
The new plan also mandates a cap on new oil wells and production and requires that new oil production in the Keystone XL oil pipeline be subject to a “clean” carbon reduction plan.
The move will also include a new cap on coal production and a new rule that requires federal agencies to report on how they are achieving their carbon reduction goals.
“Today’s announcement represents a major step toward achieving our goal to reduce emissions from our energy system by 2036,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt.
“These ambitious new actions are a critical step in addressing climate change and ensuring the country can be an energy superpower for decades to come.”
In a speech last week, Pruitt called for the United States to “become a carbon power for the 21st century” and said that the Trump administration has committed to achieving that goal.
Pruitt said that Trump’s EPA will “help make sure the next generation of energy infrastructure can thrive in the 21ST CENTURY, and that’s a promise that’s been kept.”
The EPA also said it would work with the federal government to “ensure that oil and coal producers, consumers, and the public can benefit from the benefits of the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”
“The plan is critical because it will set new goals and set new standards that will allow the United State to be a leader in the transition to a clean energy economy and a source of energy for our nation for decades,” Pruitt said in his speech.
“These policies will create jobs and support families in the United Stated by the Trump Administration, and will be an important part of the future of our country,” Pruitt added.
“I want to thank my team at the EPA for their work on this historic and ambitious climate plan,” Pruitt continued.
“And to those who are already working with me on a carbon emission reduction plan that is in line with our goals, I want to say thank you.
Thank you, and I want you to know that we are here to stay.”
The plan was announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The press conference was held at the White house.
Pruitt said that his administration will work with states, tribes, and others to implement the plan.
The announcement comes just one day after the WhiteHouse issued a statement calling for the creation of a national cap and trade program.
In the statement, President Trump said that “we cannot let a single state, town, or county decide to be our energy supplier, and we cannot allow a single federal agency to decide what fuels our economy.”
This move by the EPA marks the first significant move toward addressing climate policy.
President Trump has pledged to put “the brakes” on federal regulations.
Earlier this month, the president told reporters at a White House press briefing that he is “going to get rid of the Environmental Protection, the [EPA] and all of the other agencies that regulate the air, the water, the land.”
On Monday, the Whitehouse released a new report on its progress on its goal to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2038.
The report includes a detailed plan for the transition of the U.S. economy to a carbon economy and also outlines steps that can be taken to ensure the nation remains a carbon emitter for the foreseeable future.
Last week, President Pruitt told reporters that the WhiteNew Deal has “been on a rolling roll.”