|2017.10.09||Tax incentives for the wind industry should be eliminated, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said, to help coal survive. bloomberg.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change)|
|2017.10.09||The EPA announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, while climate and health experts say this will increase health costs from air pollution and do little to limit emissions. buzzfeed.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|
|2017.10.13||The White House announced that Donald Trump picked Kathleen Hartnett White, a skeptic of climate change science, to serve as a member, and eventually chairwoman, of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). thehill.com (See also Climate Change, Scott Pruitt)|
|2017.11.03||Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. nytimes.com (See also Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.11.07||Syria announced that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change which, coming on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the global pact. nytimes.com (See also Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Syria)|
|2017.11.08||EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said a newly released government report that lays most of the blame for the rise of global temperatures to human activity won't deter him from continuing to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a major rule aimed at combating climate change. usatoday.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change)|
|2017.11.15||The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014. abcnews.go.com (See also Foreign Policy)|
|2017.11.16||About 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, gushed out of the Keystone Pipeline on Thursday in South Dakota, blackening a grassy field in the remote northeast part of the state and sending cleanup crews and emergency workers scrambling to the site. nytimes.com (See also Keystone XL Pipeline)|
“We’ve always said it’s not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and today TransCanada is making our case for us,” Kelly Martin of the Sierra Club said in a statement. “This is not the first time TransCanada’s pipeline has spilled toxic tar sands, and it won’t be the last.”
|2017.12.05||One day after Donald Trump ordered an unprecedented reduction of a pair of national monuments in Utah, his administration announced plans to modify a slew of other protected wildlands scattered across the country, including shrinking Gold Butte National Monument, a nearly 300,000-acre site in Nevada, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which spans just over 100,000 acres on the California–Oregon border. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.12.05||Outdoor gear company Patagonia says it will take legal action over Donald Trump's move to dramatically shrink two national monuments in Utah. money.cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.12.10||An analysis of enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach toward polluters. nytimes.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Climate Change)|
|2017.12.11||Twenty-one young people are suing the US government for contributing to climate change in violation of their constitutional rights, but the Trump administration is trying to keep the landmark lawsuit from going to trial. buzzfeed.com (See also Legal Issues, Climate Change)|
|2017.12.15||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought the leader of a California park to his office last month to reprimand him for climate change-related tweets the park had sent via Twitter. thehill.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.12.18||Donald Trump is removing climate change from the United States' National Security Strategy. futurism.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Climate Change, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.12.28||The Trump administration is rolling back offshore drilling rules put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 workers and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. bloomberg.com (See also Reversals, Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2018.01.02||The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Energy, Climate Change, Rick Perry)|
|2018.01.04||The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, giving the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, reversing a ban on drilling, imposed by President Obama in his final days in office, that protected more than 100 million offshore acres along the Arctic and Eastern Seaboard. nytimes.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior, Energy, Reversals)|
|2018.01.09||The Trump administration said Tuesday it wouldn't allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, during a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. nbcnews.com (See also Reversals, Conflicts of Interest, Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2018.01.10||Climate information has been condensed or excised from the websites of at least six federal agencies under the first year of the Trump administration. buzzfeed.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Assaults on Government, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke)|
|2018.01.21||If the Environmental Protection Agency does not implement restrictions on pesticides (including chlorpyrifos, which hampers the development of children's brains) advocated in a recent National Marine Fisheries Services report, environmental activists and commercial fisheries hoping to preserve Pacific Northwest stocks of “salmon, sturgeon, orca and other endangered species” may file lawsuits. gizmodo.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Reversals)|
This was a reversal of a Barack Obama-era initiative to ban chlorpyrifos, but changed after a meeting between Scott Pruitt and Andrew Liveris, the then-head of its manufacturer, Dow Chemical.
|2018.01.22||The Trump administration is waiving dozens of environmental regulations to speed up construction of Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. thehill.com (See also Mexico Wall, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration)|
The waiver excludes rules from major laws including the National Environment Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Act, among others.
|2018.01.29||Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was personally involved in the purging of information from the agency’s website in the early months of the Trump administration, according to documents obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), as pages on the EPA’s website about climate change started disappearing or getting redirected to sites touting the president’s fossil fuel agenda. thinkprogress.org (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Censorship)|
|2018.02.01||A wave of retirements has hit the Environmental Protection Agency’s research program to identify and evaluate toxic chemicals, as it faces a shrinking budget under the Trump administration and a complicated overhaul of how it conducts chemical assessments. buzzfeed.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Resignations and Dismissals, Scott Pruitt)|
|2018.02.04||The Trump administration plans to withdraw its nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, a climate change skeptic, to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, who has said that carbon dioxide should be considered the “gas of life” rather than a pollutant. nytimes.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Climate Change, Administration Errors)|
Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming.
|2018.03.02||Interior Department emails indicated that oil exploration was the central factor in the decision to shrink Bears Ears Monument in Utah. nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke)|
- 2016.11.09 "What Trump can—and can't—do all by himself on climate" (Science)
"Trump has promised to 'cancel' the Paris agreement, the recently adopted global deal to curb global warming, and to curb climate regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants, during his first 100 days in office."