EPA Chief: Trump To Sign Order Undoing Obama Plan To Curb Global Warming

**ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 1-2** Smoke stacks from the NRG power plant located just outside of Jewett, Texas tower over Texas Highway 39, Nov. 28, 2007. The plant provides 250 full-time jobs for Limestone county. Jewett is one of four towns, two in Texas and two in Illinois, competing for the new state-of-the-art FutureGen power plant developers say would emit almost no pollution, turning coal into gas while capturing and storing climate-changing carbon dioxide deep underground. (AP Photo/Nick Simonite)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor’s sweeping plan to curb global warming.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Pruitt said Trump’s intention is to bring back coal-mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.

Supporters of former President Barack Obama’s plan say it would spur thousands of clean-energy jobs.

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