Coal executive Bob Murray says he gave the Trump administration a three-and-a-half page "action plan," and that the president had already “wiped out page one.” On Tuesday, a U.S. Senator provided a copy of the memo to "The New York Times."
The Trump administration used its only event at U.N. climate talks in Germany on Monday to promote the use of “cleaner” coal and other non-renewable energy sources, prompting an outcry from participants working to halt climate change’s most catastrophic consequences.
“It was eight years of pure hell under the democrat party and Obama,” Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., tells FRONTLINE in an excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary "War on the EPA." “But we won! It’s a wonderful victory.”
Outside interests are having outsize influence over EPA chief Scott Pruitt, says Betsy Southerland, a former 30-year veteran at the EPA. What agency experts are "trying desperately to do," she says, is "hope against hope that their facts will change Scott Pruitt's mind."
The Trump administration says it will repeal the Clean Power Plan, but it has not released an immediate replacement, raising questions about how the agency will meet its obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.