The Trump administration, with help from many members of Congress, has often targeted many regulations which had been put in place to address climate change. On May 3, 2019, National Geographic Magazine published an updated timeline (dating back to March, 2017) of the Trump Administration’s environmental actions and policy changes, as well as reactions to them. The New York Times is also keeping track of the 98 environmental rules being rolled back. And, Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has posted a Deregulation Tracker as well as a Climate Regulation database. 

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) looks at dozens of climate rules being rolled back during the COVID-19 Pandemic.



Environmental Protection Network

The Environmental Protection Network was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA career staff and confirmation-level appointees from multiple administrations to provide an informed and rigorous defense against efforts to undermine…

Laws & Regulations

Laws written by Congress provide the authority for EPA to write regulations. Regulations explain the technical, operational, and legal details necessary to implement laws.

The Climate Deregulation Tracker

The Columbia Law School Tracker identifies steps taken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The tracker is linked to a database of climate…


Opponents fault Trump

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews

By Ellen Knickmeyer   Photo by Scott Applewhite  2/26/20   
Describing windows rattled by industrial blasts and windowsills covered in toxic ash, an African American resident of Texas’ oil hub joined Democratic lawmakers, state officials and others Tuesday in urging the Trump administration to drop…