President Trump has shown a dramatic display of executive influence over the Environmental Protection Agency with his authorization of an executive order to start terminating policies from the time when Barack Obama was president.
“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” said the President during an address just before signing the executive order. In the President’s company was EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
“Our nation can’t run on pixie dust and hope,” said Zinke in the address. “The last eight years showed that.”
Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence also attended the signing.
“President Trump digs coal,” said the Vice President as he introduced Trump. “The war on coal is over.”
Some coal miners were also present and Trump even shook hands with all of the miners in the middle of his speech. “We’re with you 100%,” he noted, making good on yet another campaign promise to once again put them back in business.
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The President said that his order was concentrated on giving the states and the people the power to restore the United States’ energy businesses.
“We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many are unnecessary and so many are job killing, we’re getting rid of the bad ones,” explained Trump.
Even though he mostly spoke of the coal miners, Trump also commended EPA workers. “You’re doing important work to protect our health and public resources, so important,” he said.
Trump also recognized Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (D-VA), who joined the event. After signing the executive order, Trump reached back with one of the signature pens and gave it to the miners.
“Only a miner, c’mon fellas you split it up,” he added as the room filled with a laugh.
After signing executive order at the EPA, Trump double taps the desk pic.twitter.com/ykc6wk0Dcs
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 28, 2017