Biden Reverses Trump’s Key Environmental Regulations

The Biden administration is rescinding a Trump-era rule limiting the execution of the National Environmental Policy Act.

It requires federal agencies to consider the climate change implications of infrastructure projects.

A number of environmentalists expressed concern about the Trump regulation, which was intended to speed up infrastructure projects by reducing the amount of environmental assessment and red tape required.

Opponents, on the other hand, have argued streamlining and speeding up the building process for green energy projects is essential.

New Rules

The Council on Environmental Quality of the White House released a final rule on Tuesday, stating agencies have broad “discretion to examine a number of criteria” when reviewing a project, including whether or not it would contribute to climate change.

The regulation is effective immediately.

The new rule allows agencies conducting the NEPA review to take into account the “direct,” “indirect,” and “accumulated” impacts of their actions when approving a project.

This includes the potential for the approval to contribute to global warming or additional environmental degradation.

The new rule is effective immediately.

A third amendment allows agencies to “tailor their NEPA procedures in order to better meet the unique needs of the respective agency, the public, and stakeholders,” according to the legislation.

According to CEQ Chairwoman Brenda Mallory, “restoring these fundamental community protections would give regulatory stability, minimize controversy, and assist in ensuring that projects are done correctly on the first attempt.”

“Making repairs to these flaws in the environmental assessment process will allow projects to be completed faster, make them more robust, and deliver more advantages to those who live in the surrounding area.”

With the goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and, as a result, mitigating climate change, President Biden’s administration has attempted to use the regulatory framework to accomplish its objectives.

The SEC and FEMA

As part of their periodic reporting requirements, corporations should be required to disclose to investors climate-change-related risks.

This should include all emissions associated with their activities, according to a recommendation made by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Besides, the country’s Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipeline construction, modified its action statements that govern pipeline approvals to take climate change into account.

Still, it has since scaled back the policies in response to strong opposition from Republicans and the gas industry, according to the New York Times.

When Biden assumed office, he ordered a review of Trump-era rules, which resulted in a number of them being repealed or changed.

Biden clearly did this to be seen as bringing about change; he did this without regard for the consequences or without even much scientific backing.

One can only hope this will not have even more severe backlash on the average American citizen.