E&E News: Dems mount legislative opposition to executive order

As promised, Democrats in Congress are pushing against President Trump's executive order that wipes out much of the Obama administration's effort to address climate change. Today, 36 House Democrats led by Reps. Brad Schneider of Illinois, Doris Matsui of California, Paul Tonko of New York and Charlie Crist of Florida introduced a bill to overturn the "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" order. Dubbed the "Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth Act," or "CLIMATE Act," H.R. 1812 declares the president's document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. More than 30 Democratic senators, led by Colorado's Michael Bennet, lined up yesterday behind companion legislation. They announced plans to do so Tuesday, the day Trump signed the order, while predicting the real battle over efforts to rewrite Obama-era rules would play out in court (E&E Daily, March 29). Democratic senators from the West have taken a leading role in the opposition to Trump's energy and environment actions. On Tuesday, they wrote Trump a letter explaining the job benefits of the clean energy economy to their region. Republicans in the Western Caucus, meanwhile, praised Trump for ending the "war on coal" by lifting regulations on the industry.