Trump promised to slice and dice away at Prez O’s rabid leftist environmental agenda and he’s made good on that promise. You likely already know the executive order was signed. But do you know exactly what it does?
The following, courtesy of Daily Caller, is a list of the 7 biggest actions included in the executive order.
1. Stopping The Clean Power Plan
Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revisit Obama’s CPP. Rolling back these rules and regulations should get the U.S. closer to energy independence and spur job growth.
If implemented, CPP would have cost a staggering $41 billion annually, which equates to about $10.74 a month for each American. Less than 39 percent of Americans would be willing to spend that level of extra cash to fight global warming, according to a poll.
2. Changing How The Government Interprets The National Environmental Policy Act
An executive order issued by Trump this week simplified a complex environmental permitting process implemented under Obama. The shift alters how the federal government interprets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to make it easier for companies, individuals and government entities to get environmental permits.
President Obama had changed the way the government interpreted the act in a way that made permitting very difficult and enabled environmental lawyers to easily sue the government.
“That indeed was accomplished with the stroke of a pen, since it was just a stroke of Obama’s pen that put it in place,” Sgamma told TheDCNF.
3. Removing Strict Coal Mining Regulations
Trump has already rolled back the Department of Interior’s Stream Protection Rule which was rushed onto the books shortly before Obama left office. The rule makes it much harder to mine coal on federal lands.
U.S. coal production is already rising again and could bring jobs back with it, according to a Wednesday report from the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA).
“At least we’ve got a shot at it under Trump,” Jeff Keffer, CEO of the coal company Longview Power, previously told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If Clinton had won, the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and the inability to replace old plants would have eventually just killed coal entirely in the 2020s.
America has 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 fewer coal mines than it did when Obama was elected in 2008, demonstrating the former president followed through on his pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.
4. EPA Denying Green Requests To Have Agency Ban Major Pesticide
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt formally rejected a petition to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, calling it crucial to US agriculture.
During the Obama administration, heavy environmentalist pressure caused the EPA to consider banning chlorpyrifos over concerns that it contaminates drinking water and food. However, the EPA’s own analysis found that “there do not appear to be risks from exposure to chlorpyrifos in food.”
Chlorpyrifos has been used on citrus fruits, apples, broccoli and various other crops since 1965. If nothing had changed legally, the EPA would no longer have allowed incredibly small trace amounts of chlorpyrifos in food, effectively banning the pesticide in the U.S.
5. Simplifying How Public Lands Are Managed
Trump signed legislation Monday repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule.
BLM and Democrats claim the rule would help federal agencies better take care of public lands, while the rule’s critics claim it seized power from local officials and makes energy development much more difficult. Planning 2.0 took effect in December, so it never really had a chance to be implemented. Critics of the rule say that’s a good thing.
“The BLM Planning 2.0 rule would have layered on more redundant environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), resulting in more multi-year delays to projects,” Sgamma continued.
Ending BLM and other agency restrictions to energy development on federal lands would create 2.7 million jobs and add $663 billion to the economy each year for the next 30 years, according to a new study published in December by Louisiana State University and the free-market Institute for Energy Research.
6. Approving Keystone XL
The Trump administration approved the final stages of the Keystone XL oil pipeline earlier this month, only 16 months after the Obama administration rejected the project over concerns it would tarnish the U.S.’s environmentalist reputation.
TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, submitted an application to build Keystone XL in September, 2008, and the Obama administration rejected the pipeline in late 2015. The Department of State granted TransCanada, the company building Keystone XL, permission to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil.”
7. Returning Environmental Regulation To The States
Trump signed legislation earlier this month repealing a major last minute Obama-era regulation limiting hunting and fishing in Alaska.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a rule towards the end of the Obama administration called “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Alaska.”
Alaska’s state government disliked the rule, claiming that it created a system of top-down decision making from the federal government that was the exact opposite of what previous legislation intended. Alaska previously filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and FWS to overturn it, saying that Obama had significantly reinterpreted federal law to effectively sharply limit hunting in the state.
While these are all great efforts to stop the extreme overreach of the EPA, in my mind the best ones are number 1 and number 5. These two will help to stop the free-bleeding of money the country’s suffered from during O’s near-endless two terms.
These changes are a good start, but we need Scott Pruitt to continue killing more the EPA’s massive regulations that stifle farmers, ranchers and other businesses that are needlessly suffering because of them.