Climate Deregulation Tracker
The Climate Deregulation Tracker identifies steps taken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The tracker is linked to our database of climate change regulations. Read more →
|2017-06-22||DOI Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace, or Modify||Regulatory action||DOI||
DOI is seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independent and Economic Growth. DOI has stated that no deadline for the receipt of comments on this effort has been established at this time and that it will review comments on an ongoing basis.
|2017-06-16||EPA Proposes 2 Year Stay of Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector||Regulatory action||EPA||
EPA issued a proposal to stay for two years certain core requirements of the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers methane as well as VOCs). Comments on the proposed stay are due on July 17, 2017.
|2017-06-15||BLM postpones the compliance dates for Methane Waste Rule||Regulatory action||BLM||
BLM issued a federal register notice announcing that it was postponing the compliance dates for certain provisions of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule (finalized on November 10, 2016), which aims to reduce waste of natural gas (methane) from oil and natural gas production activities on federal and tribal land.
|2017-06-05||EPA Issues Notice of Stay and Reconsideration of Additional Provisions of Oil and Gas Emission Standards||Regulatory action||EPA||
EPA issued a notice stating that it is granting reconsideration of certain requirements in the in the New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers emission standards for methane as well as VOCs), specifically the well site pneumatic pumps standards and the requirements for certification by professional engineer.
|2017-06-01||President Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Agreement||International commitments||White House||
President Trump has announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement – the global compact which implements the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
|2017-05-26||DOE Confirms That it Will Not Withdraw Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps||Regulatory action||DOE||
On May 26, 2017, DOE published a notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards for residential air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE noted that it had “determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it.”
|2017-05-24||DOE Announces Effective Date for Energy Efficiency Standard for Ceiling Fans||Regulatory action||DOE||
DOE published a notice in the Federal Register confirming that there will be no further delays in the implementation of the energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans and that the effective date of the energy efficiency standard for ceiling fans will be September 30, 2017.
|2017-05-23||Trump Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2018||Budget action||White House||
President Trump released a proposed budget for FY 2018 which includes significant cuts to climate change and clean energy programs.
|2017-05-22||EPA Stays Rules Establishing Methane Standards for Landfills||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90-day administrative stay of two rules that established methane emission standards for new and existing landfills, pending its reconsideration of the rules pursuant to EO 13783: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.
|2017-05-08||OMB Releases Guidance on Energy Independence Executive Order||Guidance||OMB||
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a guidance document describing how agencies should implement President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (March 28, 2017).
|2017-05-03||House Bill Introduced to Create a Bipartisan Commission on Climate Action||Congressional action||
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD-6) introduced H.R.2326 “To accelerate reductions in climate pollution in order to leave a better planet for future generations, and to create a bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets.”
|2017-04-28||Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Offshore Drilling||Executive Order||Commerce, DOI||
President Trump signed an Executive Order on Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy which contains several directives aimed at expanding offshore drilling. Most notably, it revokes Obama-era decisions to withdraw certain areas of the OCS in Alaska and the Atlantic Cost from leasing and directs the Department of Interior to consider revising the lease schedules for those and other OCS areas to allow oil and gas production “to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
|2017-04-26||Trump Issues Executive Order Demanding Review of National Monuments||Executive Order||DOI||
President Trump issued an Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, which directs the Secretary of the Interior to review national monuments that were designated in the past 21 years to determine whether such monument designations contradict the objectives of the Antiquities Act or “create barriers to achieving energy independence, restrict public access to and use of Federal lands, burden State, tribal, and local governments, and otherwise curtail economic growth.”
|2017-04-18||EPA Intends to Reconsider Fugitive Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector||Regulatory action||EPA||
In a letter dated April 18, 2017, EPA announced that it would convene a process for reconsidering the fugitive emission requirements at well sites and compressor station sites in the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector.
|2017-04-13||EPA Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace or Modify||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This input is intended to help inform EPA’s response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2017.
|2017-04-05||CEQ Withdraws Guidance on NEPA and Climate Change||Guidance||CEQ||
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the withdrawal of its Final Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews.
|2017-04-05||OIRA Issues Final Guidance for Implementing Executive Order on Reducing Regulatory Costs||Guidance||All, OIRA||
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) issued final guidance on the implementation of Executive Order 13771: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of Clean Power Plan||Regulatory action||EPA||
EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan.
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of GHG Standards for New and Modified Power Plants||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Generating Units
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Sector||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities.
|2017-04-03||EPA Withdraws Proposed Rules that Accompanied Clean Power Plan||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew two proposed rules that would have supplemented the Clean Power Plan final rule and provided support for the development of state plans: (i) a rule establishing federal plans and model rules for implementing the GHG emission guidelines for existing power plants, and (ii) a rule concerning details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP).
|2017-03-30||Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change||Congressional action||All, BLM, DOI, EPA||
Thirty-six house democrats introduced a bill to overturn President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” order. The “Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act” (H.R. 1812) declares the president’s document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. Democratic senators have also introduced companion legislation.
|2017-03-29||DOI Issues Orders to Terminate Coal Leasing Moratorium and Environmental Review, Reconsider Climate Change Policies and Guidance||Agency order||DOI||
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders aimed at implementing President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Secretarial Order 3348 revokes Secretarial Order 3338, thus terminating the moratorium on federal coal leasing as well as the programmatic environmental review of the federal coal leasing program. Secretarial Order 3349 calls for a reexamination of the mitigation and climate change policies and guidance that the Department of Interior issued during the Obama administration, as well as all regulations related to U.S. oil and natural gas development.
|2017-03-28||Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change||Executive Order||All, BLM, DOI, EPA||
President Trump issued an executive order aimed at dismantling many of the key actions undertaken at the federal level to address climate change. The order directs EPA to review and potentially rescind or re-write important regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CO2 emission standards for existing power plants), CO2 emission standards for new power plants, and methane emission standards for the oil and gas sector. It also revokes a number of executive orders and actions, including: guidance on calculating the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, an imposing a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and guidance on how to account for climate change in environmental reviews.
|2017-03-27||Trump Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule||Congressional action||BLM||
President Trump signed a CRA resolution to repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, a regulation aimed at improve BLM’s ability to respond to changing conditions (including those caused by climate change) and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. With Trump’s approval, the resolution will now become law and the Planning 2.0 rule will be repealed.
|2017-03-24||Keystone XL Pipeline Approved||Project approval||State||
The Department of State issued a Presidential permit to TransCanada authorizing the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline segment at the U.S.-Canadian border.
|2017-03-21||FHWA Postpones Rule Establishing GHG Reporting Standards for Federal Highway Projects||Regulatory action||DOT, FHWA||
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has postponed the effective date of a rule establishing natural performance management standards for federal highway projects until . The rule requires local and state transportation planners to measure and account for the greenhouse gas emissions of highway projects that receive federal funding.
|2017-03-20||DOE Postpones Five Energy Efficiency and Conservation Rules||Regulatory action||DOE||
The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the further postponement of five energy efficiency and conservation rules, including test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, and compressors, and conservation standards for ceiling fans and construction standards for federal buildings.
|2017-03-16||Trump Releases Budget Proposal That Would Would Slash Funding for Climate Programs||Budget action||All||
President Trump released a budget proposal that would eliminate funding for many climate change-related programs, including the Clean Power Plan, the UNFCCC and international climate funds, the Energy Star program, clean energy research, and NASA earth science research.
|2017-03-15||House Republicans Introduce Resolution Calling for Action on Climate Change||Congressional action||
A group of seventeen House republicans introduced a resolution calling for action on climate change. The resolution acknowledges that human activities contribute to climate and outlines a commitment “to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact.”
|2017-03-15||EPA and NHTSA Announce Decision to Reconsider GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles||Regulatory action||EPA, NHTSA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced their intention to reconsider the greenhouse gas emission standards for light duty vehicles model years 2022-2025. The decision reverses course from EPA’s January 2017 determination that no change in the standards was warranted.
|2017-03-10||Senate Rejects CRA Resolution to Repeal Methane Waste Rule||Congressional action||BLM||
The Senate voted against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (S.J. Res 11) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
|2017-03-07||Senate Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule||Congressional action||BLM||
The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 Rule. BLM had adopted the Planning 2.0 rule to improve it’s ability to respond to changing conditions and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. One key goal was to make it easier for BLM to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on public lands.
|2017-03-02||EPA Withdraws Request for Oil and Gas Industry to Submit Data on Methane Controls||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has withdrawn a 2016 Information Collection Request (ICR) which directed existing oil and gas facilities and operators to provide data needed to help the agency determine how to best reduce methane and other harmful emissions from existing sources in the large and complex oil and natural gas industry.
|2017-03-01||House Passes SCRUB Act Aimed at Reducing Economically Burdensome Regulations||Congressional action||All||
The House voted to pass H.R. 998, the “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act.” The Act calls for the establishment of a commission that would review and propose regulations for repeal based on considerations pertaining to the utility and economic impacts of the regulation. It also directs agencies to ensure that the costs of new rules are offset by the repeal of old rules.
|2017-02-24||Trump Signs Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda||Executive Order||All||
President Trump signed a new executive order aimed at implementing and enforcing the President’s deregulatory agenda. It calls for the establishment of Regulatory Reform Task Forces to identify regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification, as well as Regulatory Reform Officers to oversee the deregulation process.
|2017-02-08||USACE Issues Easement for Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline||Project approval||USACE||
The Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, following Trump’s presidential memorandum (Jan 24, 2017) instructing the agency to “take all actions necessary and appropriate” to expedite the approval of the pipeline.
|2017-02-07||House Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule||Congressional action||BLM||
The House passed a resolution (H.J.Res.44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
|2017-02-07||Bill Introduced in House to Eliminate EPA Programs||Congressional action||EPA||
Rep. Johnson (R-TX-3) introduced a bill (H.R.958) “to eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.”
|2017-02-03||House Introduces Bill to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency||Congressional action||EPA||
Rep. Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a bill (H.R. 861) to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
|2017-02-03||House Approves Resolution to Repeal BLM Methane Rule||Congressional action||BLM||
The House passed a resolution (H.J. Res. 36) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
Note: agencies listed here include those undertaking actions and those that are affected by actions.
- Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection (June 22, 2017)
- EPA announces research to assess how the EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and natural gas production sector (June 21, 2017)
- Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad (June 15, 2017)
- Interior halts restrictions on methane emissions (June 14, 2017)
- The U.S. Cities And States Challenging Trump’s Paris Withdrawal (June 6, 2017)
Trump EPA Gives Landfills a Pass on Climate-Warming Methane (May 24, 2017)
- President Trump Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2018 (May 23, 2017)
- Appendix available here.
- Clean Power Plan: Supreme Court Stay Factors Into Litigation’s Future (May 15, 2017)
- All case briefs available here.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signs declaration acknowledging the risks of global climate change in the Arctic and need for GHG reductions (May 12, 2017)
- Pruitt recuses himself from Clean Power Plan litigation (May 4, 2017)
- Environmental groups file lawsuit challenging Trump’s executive order on offshore drilling (May 3, 2017)