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 →
|2017-10-10||EPA Proposes to Rescind Clean Power Plan||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in which it proposes to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emissions Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (known as the Clean Power Plan). The Clean Power Plan was promulgated on October 23, 2015 and required states to develop plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions… read more
|2017-10-05||FHWA Proposes to Rescind Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements for State and Regional Highway Planners||Regulatory action||DOT, FHWA||
FHWA is proposing to repeal requirements for tracking and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from national highways. Comment deadline: November 6, 2017.
|2017-10-05||BLM Proposes to Suspend Key Requirements of Methane Waste Prevention Rule||Regulatory action||BLM, DOI||
BLM has issued a proposal to temporarily suspend or delay some of the key requirements of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule until Jan. 17, 2019. Comment deadline: Nov. 6, 2017.
|2017-09-07||OIRA Directs Agencies to Develop Regulatory Allowances Pursuant to 2-for-1 Executive Order||Memorandum||OIRA, OMB||
OIRA issued a memorandum directing agencies to develop regulatory allowances for FY2018, pursuant to Executive Order 13771: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (Jan. 30, 2017).
|2017-08-25||Unified Agenda Lists Planned Deregulatory Actions||Regulatory action||DOI, EPA||
The Fall 2017 update to the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions lists a variety of planned actions to rescind or revise regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
|2017-08-21||Administration Disbands Climate Science Advisory Committee||Agency order||NOAA||
The Trump Administration decided not to renew the charter of the the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment (NCA).
|2017-08-15||President Issues Executive Order To Expedite Infrastructure Reviews, Revoke Flood Management Standard||Executive Order||White House||
President Trump issued an Executive Order which directs agencies to expedite environmental reviews for infrastructure projects “with the goal of completing all Federal environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within 2 years.” The new order also revokes Executive Order 13690: Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input (signed by President Obama on January 30, 2015).
|2017-08-10||EPA and NHTSA Open Public Comment Period for Reconsideration of Light Duty Emission Standards MY 2022-2025, Expand Review to Include MY 2021||Regulatory action||DOT, EPA, NHTSA||
EPA and NHTSA opened a public comment period on the reconsideration of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2022-2025. EPA is also taking comment on whether the MY 2021 standards are appropriate. Public comments will be accepted for 45 days after this announcement is published in the Federal Register.
|2017-08-04||Trump Administration Notifies UN of Intent to Withdraw U.S. From Paris Agreement||International commitments||State||
The Trump administration submitted a communication to the United Nations regarding the President’s intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so.
|2017-07-26||NHTSA Announces Environmental Review of New Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2022-2025 Vehicles||Regulatory action||NHTSA||
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards it is proposing to adopt for model year 2022-2025 passenger cars and light trucks. The NHTSA has initiated a “scoping process,” aimed at identifying… read more
|2017-07-20||Trump Administration Releases Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions||Regulatory action||All||
The Trump Administration released its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda, which was prepared by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, identifies regulations proposed to be promulgated or revised by federal agencies in the short- and long-term. Regulations proposed for revision include: the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide emissions standards for new fossil fuel… read more
|2017-07-12||NHTSA Delays and Reconsiders Rule Establishing Civil Penalties for Fuel Efficiency Violations||Regulatory action||DOT, NHTSA||
NHTSA has delayed indefinitely the effective date of an Obama-era rule to increase penalties on automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, pending its reconsideration of the rule. NHTSA is accepting comments on the rule reconsideration through October 10, 2017.
|2017-07-11||Report of House Appropriations Committee Advises DOE Not to Use Social Cost of Carbon in Rulemaking||Congressional action||
In its report on the 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, issued on July 11, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations indicated that: The Department [of Energy] should not promulgate any regulations in fiscal year 2018 using the May 2013 estimates for the social cost of carbon until a new… read more
|2017-06-30||FWS Delists Yellowstone Grizzly, Dismissing Threat Posed by Climate Change||Regulatory action||FWS||
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final notice in the federal register announcing its decision to remove the Yellowstone Grizzly from the list of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, based in part on its determination that climate change does not pose an immediate or foreseeable threat to the population segment.
|2017-06-26||NOAA Identifies 12 Marine Protected Areas to Review in Accordance With Offshore Oil and Gas Directive||Regulatory action||NOAA||
NOAA has identified a proposed list of twelve National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments that it intends to review pursuant to Executive Order 13795: Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (April 28, 2017), which directs NOAA to identify marine protected areas that were designated or expanded in the past ten years and to report back on “the opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production” in those areas. Comments on the proposed list and NOAA’s review will be accepted through July 26, 2017.
|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, DOI||
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.
|2017-05-11||DOI Initiates Review of National Monuments Under Trump Directive||Regulatory action||DOI||
DOI announced that it is is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act (April 26, 2017).
|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.”
|2017-05-01||DOI Issues Orders Aimed at Promoting Fossil Fuel Development, Implementing Trump Policies||Agency order||DOI||
DOI signed two secretarial orders (Nos. 3350 and 3351) aimed at removing barriers to fossil fuel development on public lands and waters.
|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.
- Legal war looms as EPA targets climate rule (October 10, 2017)
- Draft: Trump’s EPA set to repeal Obama’s big climate rule (October 6, 2017)
- 48 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump (October 5, 2017)
- Court nixes Trump admin’s ‘unlawful’ delay of BLM rule (October 4, 2017)
- EPA Releases Draft FY 2018-2022 EPA Strategic Plan (October 4, 2017)
- Trump EPA to propose repealing Obama’s climate regulation: document (October 3, 2017)
- Clean Power Plan: Coming soon, Trump’s new rule might have ‘fuzzy math’ (September 25, 2017)
- Trump Administration to reconsider coal plant wastewater rule (September 14, 2017)
- House OKs amendments against methane rule, carbon metric (September 13, 2017)
- Greens plan suit over EPA failure to curb methane emissions (September 13, 2017)
- NRDC, Others Sue DOT Over Fuel Efficiency Penalty Delay (September 7, 2017)
- Interior: Order limits most NEPA studies to a year, 150 pages (September 6, 2017)