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 →
|2017-03-27||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 With Trump’s approval, the resolution will now become law and the Planning 2.0 rule will be repealed.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.
|2017-03-07||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.
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy (New York Times, Mar. 21, 2017)
- Flood Management, Energy Efficiency Standards Among “Ghost Rules” Quietly Withdrawn by Trump Administration (Climate Law Blog, Mar. 21, 2017)
Trump administration not considering a carbon tax: White House official (Reuters, Mar. 21, 2017)
- Massive Cuts for EPA in Trump Budget (Politico, Mar. 16, 2017) (includes a link to a purported draft summary of the pending executive order on climate change)
Trump’s plan to roll back Obama’s fuel economy rules for cars, explained (Vox, Mar. 15, 2017)
- Trump is poised to issue a sweeping order dismantling Obama’s climate plan this week (Washington Post, Mar. 14, 2017)
- Senator Cantwell submits letter to Department of Interior asserting that it unlawfully suspended the oil, gas and coal valuation rule (Mar. 7, 2017)
EPA expected to reopen vehicle emissions decision (Reuters, Mar. 3, 2017)
- State Attorneys General ask Scott Pruitt to suspend and withdraw EPA information collection request for oil and gas companies to submit data on control measures for methane and other harmful emissions (Mar. 1, 2017)