How the Trump administration is pushing for more coal and oil drilling in the U.S.
Posted On July 6, 2021
President Donald Trump and his advisers are looking for ways to boost domestic production in the face of the global economic slowdown, according to a top White House official.
The U.N. climate change envoy said the administration is “committed” to promoting more coal- and oil-rich regions as a way to make up for the economic loss in coal-producing regions and create jobs.
Trump has sought to expand domestic coal production by opening up new leases in Appalachia and Texas to drilling, a move critics say will lead to more coal mining.
But the president has also backed off from promising to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants, despite the fact that he has called for a total ban on carbon dioxide emissions.
“We want to be a country where we don’t have to be environmentally responsible.
That’s not a political decision.
That is a moral decision,” U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told reporters Monday.
Paterson also said that the U