The president’s administration is again ignoring climate science.
The Department of Energy announced Monday that it is slashing $5 billion from its Climate Action Plan, a move that the White House says will help reduce the federal government’s dependence on coal.
The move is not only a reversal of Obama’s previous position that the federal Government should take a more active role in mitigating climate change, it is a dramatic shift from the administration’s prior positions.
In January, then-Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the plan would reduce federal fossil fuel subsidies by nearly $5.4 billion.
Perry was also quoted saying in March that “coal is dead.”
The new DOE budget, which was released Monday, reverses those previous statements and says it will reduce the amount of carbon pollution from the United States by nearly 100 percent over the next five years.
It also includes $200 million for renewable energy research and development.
“We have a big opportunity in the next four years,” Perry said at the time.
“I don’t know if we can get there, but we are looking at that.
I’m hoping we can.
I think we will.”
The plan was one of the most expensive proposals in the Trump Administration’s climate policy blueprint.
The White House released a detailed analysis of the plan and its effects, concluding that the plan could save the country $1 trillion over the coming decade.
But Perry’s administration has been working on its own climate policy for several years.
The plan was initially meant to be the first in a series of policy proposals for Trump to consider, but Perry’s office has now delayed that plan, saying the president wants to see how the Trump team responds to the new DOE budgets.