REGULATIONS & DEREGULATIONS

Since 2017, the Trump administration has targeted many regulations, which had been put in place to address climate change. A handful of major climate rules reversed or weakened under Mr. Trump could have a significant effect on future emissions. The New York Times has been covering the approximately 100 environmental rules being repealed or weakened writing  on 9/17/2020, that these rollbacks are expected to result in an additional 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by 2035.

Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has posted a Deregulation Tracker as well as a Climate Regulation database detailing regulations and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address the causes and impacts of climate change. Harvard is tracking, too.

Documentary filmmakers John Ankele and Anne Macksoud made a powerful 30 minute documentary, ROLLBACKS: An Assault Against Life on Earth, which introduces the depth of the climate change crisis, takes a look at each of the early critical Trump deregulations and closes with Greta Thunberg and a call to action.

A more recent analysis (4/2020 and updated 8/17/2020) looks at dozens of climate rules being rolled back during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The list below only highlights 14 of the many dozens of rollbacks enacted during the Trump administration.

Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has posted a Deregulation Tracker as well as a Climate Regulation database detailing regulations and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address the causes and impacts of climate change. Harvard is tracking, too.

Rollbacks - An Assault Against Life on Earth

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