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The top five worst things Trump has done on climate change so far

As the US president weighs up whether or not to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, we look at his most frightening actions on global warming

1. Nominating Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

In March, Scott Pruitt infamously said about carbon dioxide that I would not agree that its a primary contributor to the global warming that we see, in contradiction to climate scientists, including those at his own agency. Trumps Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief has deep ties to fossil fuel interests and joined with them on numerous occasions to challenge EPA pollution rules while attorney general of Oklahoma. He has opined that the EPA has become distracted from its core mission by climate concerns and has begin the process of ripping up Obama-era emissions regulations.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt listens as Donald Trump speaks before signing the Waters of the United States executive order on 28 February. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

2. All change at the EPA

Trumps proposed budget would cut the EPAs budget by nearly a third, a move that many Republicans have called draconian. Climate and clean energy programs are earmarked for the scrapheap, with even the data collection process for companies greenhouse gas emissions wound down. Climate considerations in federal permitting have been abolished, measures to reduce methane emissions have been halted and new standards to improve fuel efficiency of cars and trucks have been suspended.

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A protester seeks shelter from the rain in front of the EPA during the Science March, in which thousands rallied in Washington. Photograph: Bill Clark/Getty Images

3. Starting the demolition of the Clean Power Plan

An executive order in March demanded a review of the Clean Power Plan in order to remove regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production. Trump has repeatedly vowed to dismantle the plan, which aims to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Several analyses have shown that without the plan, the US will fail to cut emissions to the level pledged at the Paris agreement.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/31/donald-trump-worst-things-climate-change-environment

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