March 1 U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to
sign an executive order next week that lifts a ban on new
federal coal mining leases and starts the process of killing
other Obama-era initiatives to combat global climate change, a
White House official said.
"Rescinding federal coal leasing moratorium is part of that
executive order, which has lots of different components,
including the Clean Power Plan," the official told Reuters on
Wednesday by email, confirming the order was scheduled to come
The Clean Power Plan is former President Barack Obama's
centerpiece initiative to combat climate change, and requires
states to slash emissions of carbon dioxide.
(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)