The Trump administration let the charter for the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment Climate expire on Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator informed the head of the 15-person federal advisory panel that NOAA would not renew the committee tasked with creating actionable plans for the National Climate Review, a recurring report that’s next due in 2018.
In a recent court filing, the Environmental Protection Agency said it intends to rewrite the Obama-era rule limiting toxic wastewater pollution from coal-burning power plants.
Interior deputy secretary David Bernhardt announced a $21 million package for historical preservation to states and territories, following President Donald Trump’s tweets about the removal of Confederate statues. The funds derived from royalty fees paid to the Interior Department from offshore federal drilling leases.
More than 100 lawmakers led by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to expand the leasing program for offshore drilling. The Trump administration wants to rewrite the five-year leasing program to expand drilling off of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts.
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.