President Trump is poised in thècoming days to announce bis plans to dismantle thè centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s chinate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller bui signifi- cant pollcies aimed at curhing glohal warming.
The moves are intended to send an unmistakable signal to thè nation and thè world that Mr. Trump intends to fol- low through on his campaign vows to rip apart every element of what thè president has called Mr. Obama's “stupid" policies to address chinate change. The timing and exact form of thè announce- ment remain unsettled, however.
The executive actions will follow thè White House’s rei case last week of a proposed budget that would eliminale chinate change research and prevention programs across thè federai govern- ment and slash thè Environniental Pro- tection Agency’s budget by 31 percent, more than any othcr agency. Mr Trump also announced last week that he had or- dered Scott Pruitt, thè E.P.A. adminis- trator. to revise thè agency’s stringent standards on planet-warming tailpipe polliliion from vehicles, another of Mr. Obama’s key chinate change policies.