Donald Trump has won the United States presidential election, and the Republican party has retained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The election gives him both the mandate and potentially the means to implement far-reaching changes in US energy policy. The result spells the end of the Democrats’ drive to turn the country into a clean-energy superpower, and could undermine the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.
Before the election, Trump promised in his first 100 days in office to rescind executive decisions taken by outgoing president Barack Obama, which were used to sidestep the gridlock in the Senate. He also promised to take various steps to support fossil fuel producers, including saving the coal industry, ending moratoriums on drilling in federal areas and lifting restrictions on new drilling technologies.
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