West Virginia attorney general attends signing ceremony for President Trump's climate policy executive order

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Donald Trump is doing away with the Obama administration’s climate agenda. President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that rolls back the “Clean Power Plan.” It was President Obama's directive aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) was in Washington for the event. He says this is a big win for coal miners.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) says this executive order will put West Virginia miners back to work.

“President Trump followed through on his promise, and that’s very important for the state of West Virginia, all the coal miners that have just been devastated by all these regulations over the past number of years,” said Morrisey.

Morrisey has been looking forward to this day for quite some time. He says the clean power plan was “unlawful as it comes,” and is glad the regulation is being eliminated.

“The process that was used by the Obama administration failed miserably,” said Morrisey. “They didn’t come to West Virginia. They didn’t really care what was on West Virginians' minds.”

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) fought hard against the regulations as the former chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He says the plan did nothing but kill jobs.

“In the event that people are concerned about CO2 emissions, by their own admission, the EPA said it would only reduce them by 0.2 percent,” said Inhofe.

Supporters of the “Clean Power Plan” say this is a massive blow to environmental protection. Jeremy Symons, Associate vice president of Climate Political Affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund says this executive order takes our country in a dangerous direction.

“Today’s action is taking us the wrong way, it’s taking us backwards, and that will leave our kids exposed to asthma as well as an unsafe future due to climate change,” said Symons.

He says the American public overwhelmingly supports clean air, clean water and public health. Symons says this new administration will be detrimental to all three.

“There has been a long tradition of bipartisan support for environmental and public health action in this country, and that is ultimately going to be the stop for what they’re trying to do,” said Symons.

The White House says this executive order will create jobs and actually protect the environment.