An explosive is detonated at an A & G Coal Corp. surface mining operation in the Appalachian Mountains in 2012 in Wise County, Va. Critics refer to this type of mining as "mountaintop removal," which has destroyed 500 mountain peaks and at least 1,200 miles of streams while leading to increased flooding. The Appalachians are some of the oldest mountains on Earth.

An explosive is detonated at an A & G Coal Corp. surface mining operation in the Appalachian Mountains in 2012 in Wise County, Va. Critics refer to this type of mining as "mountaintop removal," which has destroyed 500 mountain peaks and at least 1,200 miles of streams while leading to increased flooding. The Appalachians are some of the oldest mountains on Earth.

President Donald Trump has signed an order to approve a massive rollback of federal regulations. The new rules mean for every new regulation passed, two others need to go. It’s a bonfire of red tape and official paperwork.

Joshua Johnson looks at how all of this could affect America’s energy providers and those charged with looking after our environment.

Guests

  • Amy Harder reporter covering energy and climate policy, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Michael Brune executive director, Sierra Club, an environmental organization.
  • Thomas Pyle president, the American Energy Alliance; he served on Donald Trump's transition team focusing on the Department of Energy; formerly an oil and gas lobbyist.

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