The Trump administration is expected to announce a big change to the way the Environmental Protection Agency regulates greenhouse gases, which is likely to come as soon as this week, with the move aimed at keeping the nation’s air quality safe from pollution.
The new policy could include the elimination of the Clean Power Plan, a global climate change rule aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power plants, and other major policies that have helped the nation fight climate change.
The change could have a big impact on the nation as it struggles with severe weather, the country’s first major wildfire season, and a looming nuclear crisis.
The changes could come during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
The Environmental Protection and Trade Agency, which has the power to regulate greenhouse gases and is headed by Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, is the agency that would be affected by the new policy, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Pruitt is also a strong supporter of the coal industry, which relies on coal for nearly half of its electricity.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (right) listens as former President George W. Bush speaks during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (center) in Ottawa on March 4, 2021.
Pruitt, who has long criticized the EPA for overstepping its powers and regulations, is widely expected to win confirmation to lead the agency.
The agency’s work has been a focus of Republican criticism in recent years, and it is the most politically active agency in the federal government.
But critics say the Trump White House has been slow to act on the rule, which could put the agency in a position of having to enforce rules it doesn’t like or enforce rules that have already been implemented.
It is also one of the few agencies that does not have a climate change-related rule.
Pruitt and his advisers have also been working to change the agency’s approach to the Trump Administration’s plans for the country to combat climate change, including plans to move toward a clean energy economy.
That includes developing a climate-focused energy strategy that includes the EPA.
The Trump Administration is expected in the coming weeks to announce plans for what the White House is calling a “Clean Power Plan.”
That is a plan that would cut carbon pollution from power stations and create incentives to improve energy efficiency.
The plan is also expected to include the Clean Water Rule, which requires states to take action to protect water quality and reduce pollution.
Trump has said he wants to end the Clean Air Act and the Clean Energy Act, which both require federal agencies to act to combat global warming.
Trump and Pruitt are expected to make the EPA a key part of their efforts to address global warming and protect the environment.
“This will have a huge impact on our nation’s economy, our health, our environment, our workers, our businesses and our environment,” Pruitt told reporters at a White House news conference on Tuesday.
Trump, who often criticized the agency for its regulatory and enforcement record, is expected also to announce the administration’s intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.
Trump had said he would withdraw the country from the deal but would leave the decision up to the Environmental Protections Agency to decide.