President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress appear unified on undoing President Barack Obama's actions on climate change, The Hill reports.
Since Trump's inauguration he has issued approvals for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and the House of Representatives has passed four measures to reverse Obama's energy rules.
"The shift is moving toward a commonsense energy policy. President Obama's energy policies did not make sense. President Trump is putting forward a commonsense, all-of-the-above plan which will encourage more made-in-America energy," Montana Sen. Steve Daines said. "I think we're off to a great start."
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz disagreed. He said Trump and Congress' actions are "every bit as bad as people had feared."
"You can't make this stuff up. It sounds like it's out of a bad movie about politics," Schatz said, according to The Hill.
Two of the measures passed by Congress include deleting a requirement that energy companies disclose payments they make to foreign governments for energy, and a repeal of a rule that protected streams from coal mining waste.
Obama had used executive orders to limit oil and natural gas drilling emissions, helped negotiate the Paris climate deal, and blocked permits for the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, The Hill notes.
Trump said during his campaign that climate change was a hoax. The president's choices for several cabinet offices are supporters of fossil fuel, including Secretary of State and former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson.
The global climate program director at The Sierra Club, an environmental defense organization, told The Hill that Trump and Congress have more plans in the works.
"Trump and the GOP Congress have made it crystal clear that clean air, clean water and public health are public enemy No. 1 in America so long as they control our federal government, " John Coequyt, the Sierra Club director, said.
However, he is optimistic about the future, thanks to local governments.
"Trump and the GOP have many more terrible plans in store for our environment and public health safeguards. But the good news is that states, cities, and companies across the country are moving ahead toward an economy powered by clean energy regardless," Coequyt said, according to The Hill.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Trump himself are being sued over climate change. Twenty-one young plaintiffs in Oregon, ages 9 to 20, are suing on the grounds that the government's burning fossil fuels endangers their health, according to The Atlantic.
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