President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling Back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.
The President said this would put an end to the “war on coal” and “job-killing regulations”.
The energy independence executive order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels.
Business groups have praised the trump administration’s move but environmental campaigners have condemned it.
Outside the white house, a few hundred protesters gathered to vent their displeasure at the executive order.