Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan would bring back coal jobs
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan would bring back coal jobs (AFP Photo/ZACH GIBSON)

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday to undo his predecessor Barack Obama’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants, according to the new environmental chief.

Speaking on ABC’s Sunday talk show “This Week,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan would bring back coal jobs.

“The past administration had a very anti-fossil fuel strategy,” he said. “So this is a promise (Trump) is keeping to the American people to say that we can put people back to work.”

Told by ABC host George Stephanopolous that most coal-job losses took place a decade ago under Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush — as natural gas increasingly replaced coal — Pruitt dismissed concerns that Trump had made a promise he can’t keep.

“It will bring back manufacturing jobs across the country, coal jobs across the country,” he said of the president’s forthcoming order.

“For…