White House website: Trump takes aim at Obama Climate Action Plan

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WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's administration is committed to eliminating Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan and other environmental initiatives to help boost the oil and gas industry, according to a statement posted on the White House website on Friday.

The announcement echoed pledges Trump frequently made during his campaign to become U.S. president, but their appearance on the White House website makes them his official policy.
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"President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years," the website said.

All references to climate change appeared to have been removed from the White House website, a word search showed.

Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday.

Former President Obama's climate plan proposed cuts to U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, in part by preserving forests and encouraging increased use of cleaner renewable fuels.

Trump has expressed skepticism about whether human activity drives climate change, and he has railed against Obama's efforts to combat it by targeting carbon dioxide emissions.

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Every piece of land President Obama has put under protection

Bears Ears National Monument

Location: Utah

Size: 1.35 million acres

Date of proclamation: December 28, 2016

(Brad Branan/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images)

Gold Butte National Monument

Location: Nevada

Size: 300,000 acres

Date of proclamation: Dec 28, 2016

(Photo by Ronda Churchill for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Location: Marine waters off the coast of New England

Size: 4,913 square miles

Date of proclamation: September 15, 2016

(Photo via NOAA Photo Library/Flickr)

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument i

Location: Marine waters near the Northwest Hawaiian Islands 

Size: 582,578 square miles — the world's largest marine protected area. (The original monument was created in 2006 by President George W. Bush. Obama expanded the protected territory by 442,781 square miles.)

Date of proclamation: August 26, 2016

(Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Location: Maine

Size: 87,500 acres

Date of proclamation: August 24, 2016

(Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Stonewall National Monument

Location: New York City

Size: 0.12 acres

Date of proclamation: June 24, 2016

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Location: Washington, DC

Size: 0.34 acres

Date of proclamation: April 12, 2016

(Photo by Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images)

Mojave Trails National Monument

Location: California

Size: 1.6 million acres (including 400,000 acres of wilderness previously designated by Congress) 

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016

(Photo via REUTERS/Sam Mircovich)

Sand to Snow National Monument

Location: California

Size: 154,000 acres (including 100,000 acres of wilderness previously designated by Congress) 

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016

(Photo via REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Castle Mountains National Monument

Location: California

Size: 20,920 acres

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Location: California

Size: 331,000 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015

(Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Location: Texas

Size: 5 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015

(Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0)

Basin and Range National Monument

Location: Nevada

Size: 704,000 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015

(Photo via U.S. Department of the Interior)

Honouliuli National Monument

Location: Hawaii

Size: 123 acres

Date of proclamation: February 24, 2015

(Photo via U.S. Department of the Interior)

Pullman National Monument

Location: Chicago

Size: 0.24 acres

Date of proclamation: February 19, 2015

(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Browns Canyon National Monument

Location: Colorado

Size: 21,586 acres

Date of proclamation: February 19, 2015

(Photo via Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Location: California

Size: 346,177 acres

Date of proclamation: October 10, 2014

(Photo by Taylor Reilly via Getty Images)

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Location: Marine waters west of Hawaii

Size: 308,316 square nautical miles

Date of proclamation: Obama established the monument on January 6, 2009, and expanded it on September 25, 2014

(Photo via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr)

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Location: New Mexico

Size: 496,330 acres

Date of proclamation: May 21, 2014

(Photo via Mark Newman via Getty Images)

California Coastal National Monument

Location: California

Size: The monument was expanded to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, which added 1,665 additional acres

Date of proclamation: Bill Clinton established the monument in 2000, and Obama expanded it on March 11, 2014

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

First State National Monument

Location: Delaware

Size: 1,108 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013

(Photo via Wikipedia)

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument

Location: Maryland

Size: 11,750 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013

(Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

Location: Ohio

Size: 59 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013

(Photo via US Department of the Interior/Flickr)

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Location: New Mexico

Size: 242,555 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013

(Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

San Juan Islands National Monument

Location: Islands off the coast of Washington

Size: 970 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013

(Photo via Lidija Kamansky via Getty Images)

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

Location: California

Size: 10.5 acres

Date of proclamation: October 8, 2012

(Photo by Cesar Gonzalez / EyeEm via Getty Images)

Chimney Rock National Monument

Location: Colorado

Size: 4,726 acres

Date of proclamation: September 21, 2012

(Photo by Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Fort Ord National Monument

Location: California

Size: 14,651 acres

Date of proclamation: April 20, 2012

(Photo via Getty Images)

Fort Monroe National Monument

Location: Virginia

Size: 325 acres

Date of proclamation: November 1, 2011

(Photo by Debra G Snelson via Getty Images)

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Trump has also suggested he could pull the United States out of a climate pact agreed by nearly 200 nations.

The statement on the White House website said that Trump's efforts to boost the U.S. oil and gas sector would help increase government revenues to "rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure," and lower the price of energy.

The statement said Trump's administration would free the nation from dependence on foreign oil, and was "committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America's coal industry, which has been hurting for too long."

An overwhelming majority of scientists say the burning of coal, oil and gas is a driver of global climate change, causing sea level rise and more frequent violent storms.

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