How Trump’s Climate Takedown Will Fail

To undo the Clean Power Plan, the EPA will have to undergo the same years-long process it took to craft it to begin with

By Grennan Milliken | MOTHERBOARD

President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Tuesday aimed at dismantling the legislative architecture President Obama put in place to protect the environment. But it will take much more than his blessing to make it happen.

The majority of Trump’s demands would take years to complete and are likely to face fierce opposition from environmentalists and blue states alike. What’s more, they will most likely dissolve into legal disputes.

The order instructs EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to begin the lengthy process of deconstructing the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule designed to lower carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants 32 percent by 2030.

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