Donald Trump to scale back importance of climate change in government decisions, says White House official | The Independent

Executive order ‘could be issued as soon as this week’

Katie Forster  @katieforster

The order could change how regulations are set on a broad array of industries, from drilling and auto manufacturing to refining Getty Images

Donald Trump is planning to order a dramatic reduction in the role climate change plays in policy decisions, a White House official has said

Donald Trump is planning to order a dramatic reduction in the role climate change plays in policy decisions, a White House official has said.

The US President, who has called global warming a hoax created by China, is reportedly preparing to release a wide-ranging executive order overturning measures taken by Barack Obama to combat climate change.

A Trump administration official who has seen a draft of the order told Bloomberg News and Reuters that a requirement for government agencies to factor climate change into formal environmental reviews, such as those for new pipelines, would be dropped.

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