48 environmental rules the White House is working to undo


48 environmental rules the White House is working to undo
  1. 48 environmental rules the White House is working to undo
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    In the latest installment of a death by 1000 cuts, a New York TImes analysis lists the Earth-friendly rules that Washington is seeking to…
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In the latest installment of 'A Death by 1000 Cuts,' a New York TImes analysis lists the Earth-loving rules that Washington is seeking to reverse.

TreeHugger generally stays away from politics; focusing on the green rather than the red, white, and blue. There are political analysts and journalists who can take care of that while we focus on matters of sustainability. But sometimes the two overlap in a way that makes it impossible to ignore. (And strangely enough, those "sometimes" have been occurring more frequently since January 2017.)

This is one of those times. Well actually, it's an ongoing story, but when The New York TImes puts it all together so succinctly, it feels like an event in and of itself.

Reporters Nadja Popovich and Livia Albeck-Ripka have compiled a list of environmental rules that the Trump administration has sought to reverse. It is stunning and exceedingly disconcerting. They write:

"Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration – with help from Republicans in Congress – has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change." Here's their summary:

24 rules that have been overturned

1. Flood building standards 2. Ban on chlorpyrifos, a potentially harmful pesticide 3. Freeze on new coal leases on public lands 4. Methane reporting requirement 5. Anti-dumping rule for coal companies 6. Decision on Keystone XL pipeline 7. Decision on Dakota Access pipeline 8. Third-party settlement funds 9. Offshore drilling ban in the Atlantic and Arctic 10. Ban on seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic 11. Northern Bering Sea climate resilience plan 12. Royalty regulations for oil, gas and coal 13. Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews 14. Permit-issuing process for new infrastructure projects 15. Green Climate Fund contributions 16. Mining restrictions in Bristol Bay, Alaska 17. Grizzly bear listing as endangered species 18. Hunting ban on wolves and grizzly bears in Alaska 19. Protection of whales and sea turtles 20. Reusable water bottles rule for national parks 21. National parks climate order 22. Calculation for “social cost” of carbon 23. Planning rule for public lands 24. Copper filter cake listing as hazardous waste

17 rollbacks that are in progress

1. Clean Power Plan 2. Paris climate agreement 3. Wetland and tributary protections 4. Car and truck fuel-efficiency standards 5. Status of 10 national monuments 6. Status of 12 marine areas 7. Limits on toxic discharge from power plants 8. Coal ash discharge regulations 9. Emissions standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants 10. Emissions rules for power plant start-up and shutdown 11. Sage grouse habitat protections 12. Fracking regulations on public lands 13. Oil rig safety regulations 14. Regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels 15. Exploratory drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge 16. Hunting method regulations in Alaska 17. Emissions standards for trailers and glider kits

7 rollbacks that are in limbo

1. Methane emission limits at new oil and gas wells 2. Limits on landfill emissions 3. Mercury emission limits for power plants 4. Hazardous chemical facility regulations 5. Grou…

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