Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

Daily News Article - March 29, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. Why are 23 states opposed to President Trump’s executive order?

3. a) Who is the head of the EPA?
b) In addition to directing the EPA to start a formal process to undo President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan,” what three major changes did President Trump make in U.S. energy policy?

4. What did President Trump say when he signed the order at the EPA yesterday?

5. a) What promise was President Trump fulfilling by signing this executive order?
b) Ask a parent: two months into office, President Trump has fulfilled many promises he made to voters during the campaign. Whether you support him or not, are you surprised by this? What is your reaction to his commitment to fulfill these promises? Please explain your answers.

6. Read the information under “Background” below about the two views of global warming, President Obama’ Clean Power Plan and the reasons 24 states filed a lawsuit against it, as well as the Paris climate agreement. For the most part, Republicans (conservatives and libertarians) oppose strict government regulations that force people to reduce carbon emissions while Democrats (progressives/liberals) say carbon emissions must be reduced as the only way to prevent catastrophic man-made global warming. With whom do you agree? Discuss your answer with a parent.