Date
17 October 2017
Donald trump is set to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by his predecessor. Photo: Reuters
Donald trump is set to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by his predecessor. Photo: Reuters

Trump to sign executive orders on environment, energy

US President Donald Trump will sign several executive orders on energy and the environment this week in a bid to make it easier to develop energy on and offshore in the country, Reuters reports.

“This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the report cited an unidentified White House official as saying on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order related to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which enables the president to designate federal areas of land and water as national monuments to protect them from drilling, mining and development.

Later in the week, on Friday, he could sign an order that will fit into his administration’s “America First” energy policy, the sources told Reuters, without providing details.

The new measures will build on a number of energy- and environment-related executive orders signed by Trump that seek to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by predecessor Barack Obama, the report noted.

Obama had used the Antiquities Act more than any other president, his White House said in December, when he designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in Native American artifacts from mining, oil and gas drilling.

He had also banned new drilling in federal waters in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans using a 1950s-era law that environmental groups say would require a drawn out court challenge to reverse.

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