President Trump faces many hurdles in his quest to dismantle our system of environmental protections. Here, we document those steps, alongside NRDC’s actions to thwart Trump policies that attack our air, water, and wild spaces. We will also continuously update the page with steps you can take—because the biggest obstacle to the Trump agenda is you.
Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to southern Nebraska, where it would link to other pipelines that carry the crude to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Obama administration rejected the pipeline, largely because it would create few jobs and increase extraction of climate-damaging tar sands. President Trump has vowed to see the project to completion.
Repeal the Clean Power Plan
The Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first significant attempt to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, in August 2015. President Trump and his administration have vowed to repeal the CPP.
Repeal the New Source Methane Emissions Rule
The Obama administration issued rules to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas extraction, processing, and distribution operations in 2016. The Trump administration is seeking to delay and ultimately repeal those rules.
Repeal the Clean Water Rule
The Obama administration issued the Clean Water Rule in 2015 to clarify federal authority to protect waterways after Supreme Court decisions created regulatory uncertainty. The Trump administration plans to repeal the rule and replace it with weak and unscientific standards.
Weaken Auto Emissions Standards
The Obama administration forged a grand bargain on automotive efficiency and clean vehicle standards in 2012. The deal brought together the U.S. Department of Transportation, which issues the fuel-economy standards; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is responsible for greenhouse gas emission standards; the state of California, which is entitled to issue its own regulations; and automakers. Last year, auto companies asked for a relaxation of the standards, but Obama’s EPA, in alignment with California, affirmed the standards through 2025 in a final determination. Now the Trump administration is trying to destroy the deal by issuing its own weaker replacement.
Roll Back National Monument Designations
President Trump is moving to weaken, shrink, or eliminate dozens of national monument designations as a favor to oil and gas companies that want to exploit our protected lands. The threatened monuments include both significant landscapes and sensitive marine sanctuaries. Some have benefited from federal protection for decades.
Expand Offshore Drilling
In late 2016, after an exhaustive three-year process of public consultation, offshore drilling was permanently banned along key portions of the Atlantic coastline and in vast areas of the Arctic. The eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coastline were also protected from drilling, but only for a five-year period. President Trump has indicated his intent to open wide swaths of the U.S. coast to drilling.
Weaken the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is one of our longest-standing—and most effective—conservation laws, which aims to protect species on the brink of extinction. Without it, treasured animals like bald eagles, grizzly bears, and manatees may not have survived. In July 2018, the Trump administration proposed gutting the Endangered Species Act to favor polluting industries, such as drilling, mining, and logging. If it succeeds, this could decimate fragile habitat for our most threatened species.