January 23, 2017
The Trump administration is readying an action plan that targets the Environmental Protection Agency for major cuts and would roll back the agency’s climate change agenda so another “establishment” administration can’t just pick up where President Obama left off.
“Unless major reforms of the agency’s use of science and economics are achieved, EPA will be able to return to its bad old ways as soon as an establishment administration takes office,” according to an action plan drafted by Myron Ebell, the head of President Trump’s EPA transition team, that was leaked Monday.
The plan listed a number of programs that must be stopped, including greenhouse gas regulations for both new and existing “coal and natural gas power plants,” vehicle fuel efficiency standards, the Waters of the U.S. Rule that expands EPA’s enforcement authority and pollution standards to protect the Chesapeake Bay, according to Axios.
It recommended issuing “an executive order barring EPA from overruling federal/state regulatory/permit decisions unless in clear violation of established law.”
It also included “potential opportunities for budget reductions” at the agency that would cut $513 million from the “states and tribal assistance grants,” another $193 million in savings from ending climate change programs, and $109 million in savings from environment programs and management.
Many of the cuts would have to go through Congress for approval, but it provided a first glance at what a Trump budget proposal for EPA could look like.