President Trump’s March 28th executive order revising President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is particularly concerning for its removal of rules to limit methane emissions from oil and gas sites, writes The Economist.
Environmental groups have asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the Trump administration’s request that the court delay its decision in litigation on the legality of the Clean Power Plan (ClimateWire, The Hill).
The White House has denied reports that it is considering a carbon tax or value-added tax as part of its tax reform plan (The Hill).
Environmental groups have filed two separate suits in federal court in Montana against President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline (Reuters).
The Department of Energy has removed several pages related to climate change from its website (ClimateWire).
The EPA is considering shifting the cost of vehicle emissions standards enforcement onto car manufacturers, in the face of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts (ClimateWire).
President Trump repealed regulations protecting bears hibernating in Alaska (The Hill).
President Trump donated his salary to the National Park Service, a move criticized as a publicity stunt by the Sierra Club (The Hill).
A collection of states, policy groups, and environmentalists sued President Trump over his decision to freeze a rule setting high-efficiency standards for appliances (The Hill).
It would be impossible for the federal government to abdicate regulatory responsibility for the environment to the states, Dan Farber argues (LegalPlanet).
The Office of the Inspector General and the Scientific Integrity Officer at the EPA are reviewing whether Administrator Scott Pruitt violated agency policy when he questioned whether carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, reports Max Greenwood (The Hill).
Despite President Trump’s promise to revitalize the coal industry, economic factors mean that demand for coal will likely continue to decrease in the coming years, according to Coral Davenport in the New York Times.