U.S. EPA climate policy

Niina Heikkinen

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Nheikkinen

Niina is a reporter with Climatewire and joined the company in 2015. She covers the shifting world of climate policy at U.S. EPA under the Trump administration, following changes from Capitol Hill to the scientist's workbench. She has previously covered agriculture, fisheries and biofuels, with a focus in scientific research and ecological conservation. Before joining the E&E News staff, she was a reporting fellow for Climatewire. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and dual bachelor's degrees in animal science (with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine) and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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The big announcement is over. What happens now?

President Trump never uttered the words "climate change" yesterday as he snuffed out former President Obama's plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at U.S. EPA headquarters, flanked by coal executives and their employees, Trump said the "energy independence" executive order would usher in a "new era of energy" that would eliminate federal overreach, shower the country with wealth and put miners back to work.