Donald Trump Pledges to Roll Back Energy Regulations, Bolster Coal Industry – by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal – August 8, 2016)

In address to Detroit Economic Club, GOP nominee paints broad picture of industry improvements

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised Monday to repeal a host of energy and environmental regulations, save the coal industry and lift restrictions on energy sales.

But many of those promises may be challenging to fulfill. A new president cannot easily cancel most regulations, which require a lengthy, exacting process to enact or withdraw.

More broadly, many of the coal industry’s woes are driven by world-wide market trends that are likely to persist regardless of the plans of any particular president.

Mr. Trump, addressing a business-friendly audience at the Detroit Economic Club, painted a vision of a restored energy future. “We will put our coal miners and our steelworkers back to work, where they want to be,” Mr. Trump said.

In an outline accompanying the speech, Mr. Trump cited several targets: Environmental Protection Agency rules that cut carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan; the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which brings more water bodies under federal protection; and an Interior Department moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands.

But few finalized regulations have ever been successfully undone by a succeeding administration, Republican or Democratic. And those that did fall were far less politically charged than the Obama administration’s regulations at issue today.

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