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Your Call: The cost of reversing environmental protections

Mar 6, 2017


What environmental protections have Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration reversed so far?

Congress has repealed a rule protecting waterways from coal waste. The Trump administration has called for a 25 percent cut to the EPA’s budget, which would “zero out” several programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws. Trump has also signed executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. What’s next?


William Snape, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity

Jack Cushman, editor and reporter for InsideClimate News

Web Resources:

Center for Biological Diversity

InsideClimate News

Rules at Risk - The Congressional Review Act

The National Archive: Documerica Project by the Environmental Protection Agency

The Washington Post: White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency

Popular Science: This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

The New York Times: Rolling Back Rules: A Dozen Examples