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Bishop concerned U.S. won't meet carbon emission goals after Trump order


A train carries coal near Ravenna, Ky., in this 2014 file photo. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the bishop's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said in a statement March 29 that President Donald Trump's executive order calling for a review of the Clean Power Plan jeopardizes environmental protections and moves the country away from a national carbon standard. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's executive order calling for a review of the Clean Power Plan jeopardizes environmental protections and moves the country away from a national carbon standard to help meet domestic and international goals to ease greenhouse gas emissions, said the chairman of a U.S. bishops' committee.

The executive order, signed March 28 at the Environmental Protection Agency, fails to offer a "sufficient plan for ensuring proper care for people and creation," Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice Florida, chairman of the bishop's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said in a statement March 29.

Trump, flanked by coal miners, said during the signing ceremony that his goal was to drive energy independence, bring back coal-mining and manufacturing jobs, and reduce the cost of electricity.

Explaining that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined Pope Francis in supporting environmental stewardship and has long called for the U.S. to curtail carbon emissions, Bishop Dewane said the order "means that, sadly, the United States is unlikely to meet its domestic and international mitigation goals."

The USCCB has called for a national climate standard in recent years without supporting any particular economic, technical or political approach.

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