Now that President Trump has been in office for one month, I would like to quickly recap the major important environmental deregulatory measures that have been taken so far. Environmental protection role backs began on Jan. 20 with the regulatory free, directing the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy from publishing new or pending regulations.
Since then, Trump issued a presidential memoranda to expedite the approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (DAPL) – both of which were blocked under Barack Obama’s administration – and on Feb. 8, the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement for the construction of DAPL.
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in order to “to eliminate certain programs of the EPA, and for other purposes.” If approved, the bill would strip federal funding from all initiatives to regulate greenhouse gas emissions or to fund programs with climate regulation goals. This bill came just days after a different bill was introduced to eliminate the EPA all together.
The EPA is not the only federal agency fielding the brunt of this Administration’s lack of climate conscience. The House, using the Congressional Review Act, has moved to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule as well as Planning 2.0 rule, which improves the environmental review process prior any land use change.
So far, the trend follows Trump’s frequent campaign promises of widespread environment deregulation as well as his recent mantra that “if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”