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California confronts Trump’s executive order on climate change




US President Donald Trump (L) speaks as he hosts a listening session with the Fraternal Order of Police at the White House in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
US President Donald Trump (L) speaks as he hosts a listening session with the Fraternal Order of Police at the White House in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
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Today, President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would roll back a number of environmental measures put in place by his predecessor.

The order reflects the dichotomy between the two presidents’ approach to climate change. During his campaign, Trump repeated labeled Obama’s initiative as “job killers,” and today’s order will launch a review of the Clean Power Plan initiative, remove the moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands, and push federal agencies to promote “energy independence.”

Guest host Libby Denkmann sits down with Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley, to talk about how legislators in California plan to tackle a shift in environmental protection on the federal level.

Guest:

Ethan Elkind, Director of the Climate Program at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley