Trump Reverses Obama’s Course on Climate Change
On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The Order rolls back the prior administration’s measures to integrate climate-related concerns into federal action. The Order directs all agencies to “review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents [and] policies” that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources,” including oil, gas, coal, and nuclear. The analysis is intended to identify anything that could “unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, or otherwise impose significant costs on the siting, permitting, production, utilizing, transmission or delivery of energy resources.” Agencies are to issue final plans within 180 days, with recommendations on how to reduce these burdens. The Order also calls on EPA to review the Clean Power Plan, revokes various climate policies, and directs the Department of the Interior to lift a moratorium on coal leasing on federal land and to review regulations of oil and gas development on public lands, including a controversial hydraulic fracturing rule.