"Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Over Trump Climate Actions"

"CHICAGO — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands.

The Interior Department last year placed a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands to review the climate change impacts of burning the fuel and whether taxpayers were getting a fair return. But Trump on Tuesday signed a sweeping executive order that included lifting the moratorium, and also initiated a review of former President Barack Obama’s signature plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Environmentalists say lifting the moratorium will worsen climate change and allow coal to be sold for unfairly low prices."

Tammy Webber and Matthew Brown report for the Associated Press March 30, 2017.


"Montana Tribe, Conservationists Sue U.S. Government For Ending Coal Moratorium" (Reuters)

Source: AP, 03/30/2017