The Trump administration on Friday announced a plan to close down the U.S. nuclear power program, a decision that will have dire consequences for the American people and the planet.
In a statement to reporters, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration will propose legislation to “ensure that we can return to the full path to economic growth and jobs.”
“We will be proposing a plan that makes it easier to transition to a clean energy economy, which is critical to ensuring that America has the most efficient energy resources in the world,” she said.
The administration said it will “review” its plans before announcing their next steps, but Sanders said it was “committed to continuing the fight to keep America’s reactors in the ground and keep the American public safe.”
Sanders said “the administration is committed to getting this done before Congress adjourns for the year.”
She did not provide a timetable for its completion, but did say the administration would be moving forward with “all of the steps necessary” to “secure the nation’s nuclear facilities and to make sure they are not in jeopardy.”
Trump administration says it will propose bills to “enhance energy security and secure the American nuclear fuel supply” https://t.co/m0LzQ7jD6i pic.twitter.com/f0LwqN4rJ0 — CNN (@CNN) January 26, 2021The announcement comes a day after the president signed a proclamation that temporarily bans the use of coal-fired power plants and bans coal leasing on federal lands.
Trump has also threatened to cut funding to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service unless the agency does more to address climate change.
Trump also plans to withdraw the U,S.
from the Paris climate accord, a deal the U of S has signed with nearly 200 countries that seeks to limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
The U.N. Security Council has adopted a resolution condemning the president’s decision to withdraw from the accord.
Trump said on Twitter that the Paris agreement is “a horrible deal, but a bad deal for America and the world.”