|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)|
|2017.12.10||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)|
|2018.03.26||A proposed policy would bar the E.P.A. from considering research that doesn't release its raw data for review, a move that would severely restrict the research available to it when writing environmental regulations, barring them from using some of the most consequential research of recent decades, such as studies linking air pollution to premature deaths or work that measures human exposure to pesticides. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Assaults on Facts, Assaults on Government, Environmental Protection Agency)|
These fields of research are often private because they require personal health information for thousands of individuals, who typically agree to participate only if the details of their lives are kept confidential.
|2018.03.26||In his first year at the E.P.A., Scott Pruitt has proposed repealing or delaying more than thirty significant environmental rules. newyorker.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change)|
|2018.03.29||EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to sign a declaration by Sunday that the Obama administration’s vehicle efficiency rules for 2022 through 2025 are “not appropriate” and must be revised. reuters.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change, Reversals)|
|2018.04.02||The Trump administration announced Monday afternoon that Obama-era rules to reduce climate pollution from cars and trucks have got to go because they are too strict. buzzfeed.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change, Reversals)|
It’s the latest example of the Trump administration gutting environmental and climate rules.
|2018.04.23||A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration cannot delay a regulation that increased automakers’ fines for cars that violate fuel efficiency standards. thehill.com (See also Reversals, Legal Activity, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt)|
|2018.04.27||The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would freeze fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles starting in 2021 and challenge California’s ability to set its own fuel-efficiency rules, changes that would hobble one of the Obama administration’s most significant initiatives to curb climate change. washingtonpost.com (See also Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Reversals)|
|2018.05.01||Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced a lawsuit by California and 17 other states against the Trump administration to protect national vehicle emission standards from being rolled back by the federal government. latimes.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Legal Activity)|
|2018.05.14||Scott Pruitt’s EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis, after one Trump administration aide warned it would cause a "public relations nightmare." politico.com (See also Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt)|
|2018.05.23||White House officials last year weighed whether to simply “ignore” climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science." washingtonpost.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency)|
It did not consider touting federal scientists' findings.
- 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."