GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Donald Trump’s election could signal the end of many of President Barack Obama’s signature environmental initiatives.
Trump has said he loathes regulation and wants to use more coal and expand offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing. He’s also vowed to withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
Though he has been short on specifics, environmentalists and policy analysts say Trump’s administration probably will try to weaken or kill the Clean Power Plan. The cornerstone Obama policy is meant to combat climate change by reducing carbon pollution from power plants. It’s being challenged in federal court.
Advocates for the oil and natural gas and coal industries hope Trump and congressional Republicans eliminate or ease regulations they say hurt jobs.
Environmentalists argue efforts to weaken protections will cause a public backlash.
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