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.
- Action to reconsider Keystone-XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
- Action to expedite environmental reviews on infrastructure projects.
- Presidential Memorandum to reduce regulations for manufacturing companies, including environmental regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.
- A media 'gag' order for several government agencies, including: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes a freeze on all EPA grants and contracts, which range from funding for local storm drains to university research grants. The social media 'gag' order now includes the Department of Energy's renewable energy team, as of 27 January 2017.
- Sources from the EPA have told Reuters that the Trump Administration has called on them to remove all web-pages on climate change.
- The Administration has scraped plans made in the first week to remove EPA web-pages on climate change, and will now move to censor information, scientific data, and reports on climate change and climate impacts for political ends.
- On 30 Jan., transition officials at the EPA stated that the Trump Administration will be taking actions to pull out of the Paris Agreement, and pull back other policies that 'restrict GHGs'.
- 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.
- 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.
- Executive Order to re-assess all National Parks designated since 1996, putting our nation's National Parks at risk for oil and gas drilling - lands that belong to every American.
- Executive Order to direct the Department of Interior to open up Marine Sanctuaries and other areas, currently protected until 2022, for offshore oil and gas drilling. Communities across the US have pushed back against offshore drilling.
- White House announcement that the United States intends to pull out of the Paris Agreement. For more on what this means, check out our blog. Become a Citizen Supporter of the Paris Agreement. Click here to say you’re still in!
- The Trump Administration has announced, via the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the revision of environmental protections at the EPA and the Department of Interior, as they relate to arenas ranging from methane pollution and carbon emissions from oil and gas exploration, to the Department of Energy's energy efficiency standards.
- President Trump signed an Executive Order to 'expedite' infrastructure environmental reviews, and remove consideration for flood defenses and flood risks related to sea level rise and climate risk put in place by President Obama.
- The White House has terminated a 15-member advisory panel on climate change called, the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. This follows a recently leaked climate assessment report from the committee on America's vulnerability to climate impacts and climate risk.
Last updated: 22 August 2017 | 10:44pm