We're starting with the sweeping executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump. It reflects a very different governmental approach concerning the environment than the one by former President Barack Obama. He addressed what he characterized as a bipartisan challenge in 2013.
BARACK OBAMA, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: And this is my plan to meet it — a plan that cut carbon pollution, a plan to protect our country from the impacts of climate change and a plan to lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate.
AZUZ: But the rules he put in place in order to do that are seen as a threat to the economy by President Trump. The order he signed yesterday did away with many of those rules.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: With today's executive action, I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations.
AZUZ: The White House says climate change is an issue that deserves attention, but that it can both protect the environment and provide more jobs. President Trump says his order will bring back jobs in the fossil fuel industry. But some environmental advocates say the new rules will endanger the environment and Americans health and that the order will harm clean energy jobs at the expense of allowing polluters to profit.
Some of the new rules like allowing leases for coal-mining on government land will take effect right away. Others open the door for more changes down the road.