President Donald Trump continues on his executive order streak, this time in a decision about the future of science.

The order, set for Trump to sign later today, will subside all governmental climate regulations in an effort to create more jobs. President Trump will sign the order at the Environmental Protection Agency.

One White House official said the order is the government’s way of ‘serving the environment while increasing energy independence.’ Accordingly, the order serves as an urgent proposal for the EPA to focus on clean air and water.

Additionally, the official explained that protecting jobs is more important than regulating climate change.

“[Climate change] is an issue that deserves attention,” he said. “But I think the President has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies that put the U.S. economy at risk. It is very simple…We will continue to enforce that provide for clean air and water.”

A major proponent of the order is the government reviewing the Clean Power Plant initiative, which works toward reducing carbon pollution from power plants.  Additionally, the order will reintroduce coal mining on federal lands and require federal agencies to halt all regulations and policies “that serve as obstacles and impediments to American energy independence.”

At least six executive orders signed by former President Barack Obama will no longer be intact. This includes the 2013 executive order requiring preparations for climate change. Furthermore, the official explained that the best way to approach and prevent climate change is through a strong economy.

“The previous administration devalued workers by their policies,” the official said of Obama’s climate change policies. “We are saying we can do both. We can protect the environment and provide people with work.”

Many scientists and environmental science advocates find the executive order appalling.

Tom Steyer, NexGen Climate president, said the order is a dangerous “assault on American values.”

“Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water,” he said. “All for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense.

The effect of climate change

Despite the administration’s beliefs, scientists at NASA and other agencies confirmed that climate change is happening.

Currently, the earth is at 405.92 parts per million of carbon dioxide, the highest in 650,000 years. Additionally, the global temperature has increased 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1800s and the arctic ice is declining by 13.3 percent per decade. 97 percent of climate scientists believe that these trends are because of human activities.

Aside from the aforementioned, scientists have accrued numerous other climate change evidence. This includes a drastically increasing sea level, warming oceans, declining ice sheets, glacial retreats, extreme weather patterns and ocean acidification. They say the main cause of these problems is humans expanding greenhouse effect, which traps radiating heat within the atmosphere.

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