(NationalSentinel) President Donald J. Trump has made his energy policies very clear: With congressional help and when he can on his own, he plans to use every resource available to make America both energy efficient and energy independent.
While Trump will certainly need the Congress to do much of the heavy lifting, especially when it comes to overturning prior federal land designations and opening up new areas for exploration, he can reverse a number of existing energy policies immediately.
President Trump expects to sign up to 200 executive orders Monday, following the first tranche of orders he signed over the weekend.
Turning from Obamacare and mortgage deductions, Trump at some point in his first week in office will begin to implement his “America First Energy Plan.”
Trump plans to eliminate restrictions on U.S. energy production, mainly through dismantling President Obama’s so called “Climate Action Plan” and the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The White House says repealing these rules will boost wages “more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”
But that’s only the beginning. Trump is likely use more executive actions to rollback many Obama-era environmental policies.
He can repeal recent Environmental Protection Agency rules and policies:
Trump promised to eliminate Obama’s “the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule” once in office. He’ll likely need Congress, or the courts, to fully repeal Obama’s agenda, but he can issue executive orders effectively nullifying key policies.
He can pull the U.S. out of the Paris Accords:
Obama officially signed onto a United Nations agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions last year, called the Paris accords. The former president pledged the U.S. would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
Obama never brought the Paris accords before Congress, however, and instead his administration called it a non-legally binding executive agreement. That means Trump can tear up the agreement all on his own.
He can give back millions of acres of federal land to the states, where they could then opt to develop it:
Trump is expected to order the Department of the Interior to lift a moratorium placed on new coal mines instituted under Obama last year, according to Bloomberg. The Obama administration temporarily banned new coal mines to consider ways to increase mining costs on federal lands.
The president could also revisit existing land-use and environmental law with Congress, authorize the approval of new (now-stalled) energy pipelines, reverse Obama-era guidance on how federal agencies should consider global warming in making policy, and a number of other actions.