President Donald Trump signed an executive order to fast-track infrastructure projects by skipping the consideration of climate change and flood-related consequences in project planning. The measure reverses an earlier executive order signed by former President Barack Obama as well as the Obama administration’s 2015 flood risk standards.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed he will roll back an Obama-era regulation on water pollution from coal-fired plants. Pruitt released a letter filed with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, asking the court to freeze the legal challenges related to the rule.
Sources said White House and GOP officials are considering Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to lead the Energy Department, as deliberations continue about the potential to appoint Energy Secretary Rick Perry to the Homeland Security Department.
A special science section of the National Climate Assessment and a separate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the severe effects of climate change on the United States, potentially making it more difficult for President Donald Trump to roll back his predecessor’s environmental regulations.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced an effort to review and relax the greenhouse gas emissions rules for cars established by the Obama administration.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt expressed doubt over the validity of threats from the impact of climate change published in new federally funded research.
The latest federally-backed research on climate science could negatively affect the administration’s efforts to repeal Obama-era environmental regulations.
A draft report of the national climate assessment made by government scientists was leaked due to concerns that the Trump administration would suppress it because of its conclusions that contradict climate change beliefs in the White House.
The Trump administration contracted workers to begin clearing out land in southwest Texas known to have the largest amount of border crossings for the construction of the border wall. The Department of Homeland Security has yet to apply to waive the standard environmental regulations for this section of the wall, though the construction will cut through a wildlife refuge.
The Senate approved two of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, returning FERC to a quorum for the first time since February.