The New York Times/ John Schwartz/ August 29, 2019
The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas,¬†brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses.
Half of those environmental rollback attempts, like the new methane reversal, will undercut efforts by previous administrations to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Many of these efforts have been challenged in the courts; whether the administration will succeed in achieving all of its goals is far from certain. Here are some of the most significant climate-related reversals:
Leaving the Paris climate agreement
One critical effort by the Trump administration was¬†its announcement in 2017 that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The process of withdrawing cannot be completed until 2020, but the move sent a strong signal to the world that Mr. Trump, who has¬†scoffed¬†at climate science, would be taking action at many levels of government to reverse climate policies created during the Obama administration.
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