Environmental Executive Actions: 2017

Below is a list of Executive Actions, Memorandums, and other administrative actions taken from the Oval Office of President Trump in 2017 that put our environment and climate security at risk. These actions put America's water, air, and lands at risk of pollution; and will affect the health and well-being of every American. This list is intended to be a resource that can help increase awareness on policies regarding climate change, climate impacts, and environmental injustices. Without a safe environment, there is no place for any of us.



February 2017

  • Executive Order on regulatory reform will force agencies to reassess regulations via their own 'Regulatory Reform Task Force', tasking agencies with eliminating regulations. This could pose a threat to environmental protections created by the EPA but not codified by Congress.
  • Executive Order to roll back the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, which protects the drinking water of 117 million Americans. The Order calls on EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt to review, repeal, and replace the rule. The Clean Water Rule defined which waters the Clean Water Act covers.

March 2017

  • Proposed White House Budget would slash over 30% of the EPA's budget, cutting over 50 environmental protection programs and putting an end to the Clean Power Plan. It would also see cuts to agencies that research climate change and climate impacts, and agencies that address environmental justice issues and environmental protection measures in their work, including: NOAA, NASA, DOJ, DOI, and FEMA. For more on this, see our Blog.
  • White House Executive Order to undo Obama-era climate and energy policies, like the Clean Power Plan, rescind regulations for water and air protections, and regulations on methane emissions at fossil fuel extraction sites on public lands.

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August 2017

Last updated: 22 August 2017 | 10:44pm