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Biden Administration Issues Executive Order on Wide Range of Environmental Issues

In his first full day in office, President Biden issued a series of executive orders that begin the process of revoking and rescinding several clean air and environmental policies adopted by the Trump Administration.  Below is a partial list of policies that the Biden Administration has taken action on:

Paris Accord – Immediately restores U.S. participation on the Paris Climate Change agreement

Censoring Science Rule – directs the EPA to begin the process to revoke the Censoring Science rule that allows the agency to exclude certain studies from  consideration in rule-making.

EPA Cost/Benefit Rule – directs the EPA to begin the process to revoke the Trump EPA rule that tilted cost/benefit calculations in favor of regulated industries.

Vehicle Pollution and GHG Emissions rule – directs the EPA to begin the process to revoke the decision that removed the state of California’s authority to set GHG emissions standards for cars and directs EPA to undo the Trump EPA rule that loosened pollution and GHG emission national standards for 2022-2025 model year cars.

Mercury and Air Toxics – directs the EPA to revoke the Trump EPA rule that hindered future regulation of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants.

CO2 Emissions from Power plants – directs the EPA to revoke the Trump EPA rule that established a 3 percent threshold for regulating GHG emissions from stationary sources.

Social Cost of Carbon - Initiates new process to update social cost of carbon estimates. With the exception of returning to the Paris agreement, which is effective immediately, the executive orders on the remaining items are just a first step in what may be a lengthy process to revoke, rescind or replace the Trump EPA rules.  Additionally, a majority of the above Trump rules are being challenged in court and many are likely to be struck down by court action. 

Last Reviewed: January 2021