The move drew praise from some energy interest groups that have long-complained about regulation of their industry, but experts do not expect the order to alter market trends significantly or contribute to a revival of the ailing coal industry. At the same time, the move will all but ensure that the U.S. does not meet its non-binding international commitments to address climate change and will diminish the country's position as a leader on the issue cultivated under Obama.
“The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency continues," says Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an emailed statement. "The executive order undercuts a key part of the nation’s response to climate change, without offering even a hint of what will replace it."
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