48 Environmental Rules The U.S. Government Is Trying To Undo

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

There’s a reason the populace is losing faith in government at an increasing pace. In the United States, specifically, citizens are learning that their government is a bully — more interested in destabilizing Middle Eastern countries than becoming self-sufficient and investing in renewable energy. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the 48 environmental rules America’s government is trying to effectively undo.

The New York Times recently put together a list of all the rules the Trump administration has sought to reverse. As TreeHugger points out, it is both stunning and disconcerting.

Reporters Nadja Popovich and Livia Albeck-Ripka wrote: “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.”

Their summary follows:

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. Groundwater protections for uranium mines
  6. Efficiency standards for federal buildings
  7. Rule helping consumers buy fuel-efficient tires

5 rules reinstated after legal challenges

Fortunately, at least five other rules have been reinstated following legal challenges. TreeHugger reports that environmental groups sued the Trump administration over a number of rollbacks. In five instances, they were successful.

  1. Reinstated rule limiting methane emissions on public lands
  2. Reinstated a requirement for reporting emissions on federal highways
  3. Delayed by one year a compliance deadline for new ozone pollution standards
  4. Delayed publishing efficiency standards for household appliances
  5. Reinstated rule limiting the discharge of mercury by dental offices into municipal sewers

If countries — including the United States — fail to invest in renewable technologies and curb carbon emissions, it may be too late to ward off unwanted effects of climate change. These include worsening natural disasters, rising sea levels, and food shortages. These are but a few repercussions of the greenhouse gas effect, propelled by carbon emissions.

If the government won’t invest in a clean future, the populace will. Though the Trump administration pulled the United States from the Paris Accord, the country is still the fastest-growing economy in terms of renewable energy. Clearly, Americans want to “go green” — if not for the environment, for their health and future generations.

If you are among those who are striving for a greener, cleaner world, make your voice heard and let politicians know it is time to say “goodbye” to fossil fuels and make the citizens of which governments are intended to govern the number one priority.

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