How the Trump administration and Hollywood helped the Left rewrite history on climate change
Posted On July 21, 2021
The Republican-led United States Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would roll back the landmark climate change rule, which President Donald Trump signed into law in December.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Mike Pence signed the bill on the floor.
“It is a good day for the American people,” McConnell said after the vote.
The bill passed with a simple majority of 51-49, with Republican senators voting for the bill and Democrats voting against it.
“This historic bill is a testament to the will of the American public and our nation’s leadership on climate and energy policy,” McConnell told reporters.
The new legislation is an effort by Republicans to undo the Clean Power Plan, which aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions by imposing pollution limits on electricity producers.
It also seeks to roll back Obama administration regulations on greenhouse gas pollution.
The Clean Power plan requires power plants to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but Trump signed a different executive order in December that would limit emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels.
“The Clean Power Rule is a critical tool to curb climate change, and the President is committed to reversing this rule, as well as implementing other environmental protections,” Pence said in a statement.
“President Trump will continue to work with all members of Congress to make America a cleaner and more prosperous place.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R, Texas), who voted against the bill, said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday that he hoped Trump would sign the bill into law.
“If you’re a conservative, you might be happy about it.
You might be unhappy about it,” Cornyn said.
“I hope that’s what the American citizens want, is a strong, independent, stable government that’s accountable to them and to the American voters, and I hope that the President does as well.”
Trump campaigned on the promise to end the Clean Powers Plan, but his administration has taken a more skeptical tone on the issue.
Last week, the White House said the Clean Energy Innovation Act, a bill passed by the Senate in June, would be “an excellent first step.”
The administration has said that the law will be a key tool in curbing greenhouse gas output from coal-fired power plants.
But it’s unclear how much it will actually accomplish.
The Trump administration has been working on a new energy bill, which will also be passed by Congress.
In February, the Trump White House released a draft of its new energy plan that included a plan to reverse the Clean Electricity Plan.
“In a Trump administration, we will act decisively to address the crisis of climate change,” Pence told reporters in February.
“Our country is at a tipping point and the time for action is now.”
The Trump presidency is likely to face additional challenges to undoing climate change policy as it prepares for the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was recently fired after her public statements about climate change.
A former White House science adviser, Andrew Revkin, is now the chief executive of the nonprofit American Council for the Science of Climate.
The organization has called for more funding for climate science research and a more aggressive push for a carbon tax, which Trump has supported in the past.