October 01, 2017

Vantage Point

Madeline June Kass, Issue Editor

The current administration has taken a strenuous and distinctly deregulatory approach to environmental policy. From promises to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement to a string of executive orders intended to delay or overturn previously adopted environmental regulations, the tone has been decidedly pro-development, pro-industry, and pro-extraction. As I write this column, recent Trump administration environmental policy efforts include rejection of a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, cancellation of a rule to prevent whale and sea turtle net entanglements, a call for reductions in national monument boundaries (focusing on Bears Ears National Monument), and revocation of Artic and other ocean offshore oil and drilling bans, along with proposals for deep cuts to national scientific research and federal environmental programs (e.g., a 31 percent budget cut to EPA). See National Geographic, A Running List of How Trump is Changing the Environment, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/ (last visited October 2, 2017).

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