Michael Moore, a documentary filmmaker whose films focus on corruption in U.S. politics, took to Twitter to call out Trump for his executive order redirecting the nation's climate change efforts, reports The Blaze.
"Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump," Moore tweeted.
He followed up with three more tweets. One encouraged his followers to call their local officials and representatives to express their condemnation of the order. Another pointed out that not a single one of the miners surrounding Trump during his signing looked over the age of 45, calling out the health effects of coal mining.
On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to redirect the nation's climate change efforts.
Former President Barack Obama had set the country's environmental policies by signing the 2015 Paris Agreement, which brought together leading countries in the world committed to reducing harmful emissions. In addition, Obama's Clean Power Plan focused on reducing carbon emmissions from power plants in the U.S.
The CPP was responsible for the closing of hundreds of coal-fired power plants, froze the building of those types of plants and replaced coal energy with solar power and wind farms, reports The New York Times.
Coal miners who had lost their jobs under the Obama administration surrounded Trump during his signing of the newest executive order, reports CNN.
"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal," Trump said at the event.
The Trump administration reportedly believes there are ways to engage in environmental protection without risking shrinking the job market.
A White House official spoke to CNN and explained the reasoning behind the policy changes.
"The previous administration devalued workers by their policies," the official said. "We are saying we can do both. We can protect the environment and provide people with work."
The Trump administration also hopes to restructure the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The president has been very clear that he wants the EPA to stick to that basic core mission that Congress set out for it," the official added
That original EPA mission was to focus on clean air and clean water.
Backlash quickly hit after the president signed the executive order, including from Michael Moore.
Some leaders from science world shared Michael Moore's disappointment.
CNN reported that Tom Steyer, president of NexGen Climate, published a statement in response to the executive order:
These actions are an assault on American values and they endanger the health, safety and prosperity of every American. Trump is deliberately destroying programs that create jobs and safeguards that protect our air and water, all for the sake of allowing corporate polluters to profit at our expense.
Similarly, Andrew Steer, CEO of World Resources Institute, said that the executive order proves Trump's failure to "protect Americans' health, the environment and the economy."
Trump has signaled he will work to undo other Obama-era climate change policies.