Donald Trump achievements: Energy and environmental policy

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to energy and environmental policy.


President Trump signing two executive orders on oil pipelines, January 24, 2017
President Trump signing an executive order on national monuments, April 26, 2017
President Trump and senior officials, June 29, 2017

By his first year in office, President Trump and his administration made numerous achievements in energy and environmental policy.[1] Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt sharply reoriented the EPA in a strongly conservative direction,[2][3] having it focus on "protecting the nation's air, water, and public health" rather than advance left-wing environmentalist goals.[2] While continuing to consult with environmental organizations, Pruitt also met with business organizations,[4] and the EPA re-established a program to formally work with industries when making regulations.[5]

By the end of 2017, the Trump Administration had taken numerous steps to undo the Obama Administration's environmental policies and regulations.[6][7] The shift in the Trump Administration regarding energy and the environment was illustrated with the replacement of a page about climate change on the official White House website with one about the "America First Energy Plan,"[8] the changes made to the website of the Environmental Protection Agency a few months after President Trump took office,[9] the organization's dismissal of global warmist scientific advisers from the EPA and Interior Department with the intention to replace them with individuals who better understand the effects of regulations,[10] as well as other EPA officials choosing to leave.[11] Despite President Trump's achievements, he was strongly opposed by the deep state.[12]

The Trump Administration established a friendly stance toward Fossil fuels.[13]

In 2017, the U.S. saw the largest drop in carbon emissions of any country even as the global level of emissions rose,[14] and the EPA reported that U.S. emissions dropped 2.7%, a greater decrease than in 2016.[15]

Legislation signed, 2017

  • President Trump blocked and removed some energy and environmental regulations through the Congressional Review Act:
    • February 14, 2017—Trump signed H.J.Res.41 into law, which blocked an Obama Administration regulation that would have required oil, natural gas, and mining companies to disclose any payments made to foreign governments.[16]
    • February 16, 2017—President Trump signed H.J.Res.38 into law which blocked the "Stream Protection Rule," an environmental regulation.[17]
  • December 22, 2017—In the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that President Trump signed, which also cut tax rates and repealed the ObamaCare individual mandate, part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was opened for oil drilling, ending a nearly four-decade struggle by conservatives to open up the area.[18]

Executive actions, 2017

  • January 24, 2017—Trump signed two orders reviving consideration for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which Obama halted due to supposed environmental concerns.[19] On March 24, 2017, the Trump Administration approved the Keystone XL Pipeline.[20] The Dakota Access Pipeline went into service by June 1, 2017.[21]
  • January 24, 2017—In addition to the above, Trump signed three other orders, one requiring the United States Secretary of Commerce make a plan within six months mandating all new or improved pipelines be made with American steel, another order requiring every federal agency to streamline manufacturing regulations, and the third allowing fast-track approval for important infrastructure projects.[22]
  • February 28, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to start the process of repealing the Obama Administration's Waters of the United States rule.[23] The EPA began the process of repealing WOTUS on June 27, 2017.[24]
  • On March 18, 2017, the Trump Administration forced the G-20 to remove any mention of climate change from its joint statement.[25] Later, in April 2017, the Trump Administration refused to sign the G7 joint statement because the other nations could not agree to include support for nuclear and fossil fuels without support for the Paris climate agreement. The G7, thus, went without a joint statement.[26][27]
  • March 28, 2017—President Trump signed a major executive order repealing several Obama-era environmental regulations unfavorable to coal, including a January 2016 moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands[28] (the Trump Administration immediately went to work promoting coal mining on federal lands[29]). In addition to this, the order started an immediate review of Obama's Clean Power Plan, help create American energy jobs, bring American energy independence by stimulating domestic energy production, and giving authority back to the states.[28]
  • April 26, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order ordering the Interior Department to review designations of national monuments from as far back as 20 years prior, with the intention of reversing federal overreach in land acquisition and returning power to the states.[30]
  • April 28, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order repealing a ban on offshore drilling signed by President Obama and directing the Interior Secretary to review U.S. drilling policy and regulations.[31][32] Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began the process of expanding offshore drilling on May 1.[33]
  • May 2017—The Trump Administration signed agreements as a member of the Arctic Council,[34] and it was later revealed that it successfully weakened the language regarding climate change and environmental policy.[35]
  • May 31, 2017—Interior Secretary Zinke signed an order to open up more land in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska to energy production.[36]
  • June 1, 2017—To the dismay of world leaders,[37] the media,[38] and other liberals,[39] and in a major blow to Obama's legacy,[40] President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and immediately stop its implementation,[41][42][43] including by ending payments to the U.N. Green Climate Fund.[44] In his announcement speech, Trump made clear that "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," and that "our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty."[42][45][46] (even with U.S. withdrawal, it was still well on its way to deeply reducing admissions[47]) The Trump Administration formally notified the UN of its intention to withdraw from the agreement on August 4, 2017.[48]
  • June 12, 2017—The Trump Administration formally rejected a G7 pledge to adhere to the Paris climate agreement.[49]
  • June 12, 2017—The Trump Administration rejected, on the grounds of being unnecessary and with costs greater than any benefits, a proposed regulation to put a limit on the number of certain endangered marine aminals allowed to be killed on injured in fishing nets.[50][51]
  • June 15, 2017—The Department of Energy closed its Office of International Climate and Technology in order to improve its organizational structure.[52]
  • June 30, 2017—Despite a court ruling that the EPA did not need to take the loss of coal jobs into account when implementing regulations, it chose to follow that policy regardless.[53]
  • July 6, 2017—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order for his department to hold more lease sales and speed up permitting for oil and gas exploration. he signed the order because of delays in the approval process for federal lands.[54]
  • July 8, 2017—In the final G-20 common statement, the Trump Administration, which was ideologically opposed by the other G-20 nations, successfully received concessions from them in regards to climate policy, with the statement acknowledging the U.S.'s intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement and including language on the nation's intention to promote clean fossil fuels internationally.[55]
  • July 31, 2017—The United States and Ukraine agreed to have the U.S. export coal to Uraine, so the latter could gain energy independence from Russia.[56]
  • August 7, 2017—The EPA ended its backlog of reviews of 600 new chemicals that existed when EPA Administration Pruitt assumed office in February of that year – an important goal for him.[57]
  • August 15, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order to speed up environmental reviews for infrastructure project approvals.[58]
  • August 16, 2017—The National Park Service ended a policy begun during the Obama Administration that encouraged national parks to ban the sale of water in disposable bottles, stating that it would let visitors decide what container they want their water in while still promoting reusable containers.[59]
  • August 20, 2017—The Trump Administration did not renew the charter for the federal advisory panel for climate change, disbanding the group.[60]
  • September 15, 2017—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order expanding the access that hunters and fishers have to lands maintained by the Interior Department.[61]
  • October 10, 2017—EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order formally beginning the repeal of the Obama-era "Clean Power Plan."[62]
  • October 16, 2017—EPA Administrator Pruitt issued a directive ending a practice called "sue and settle" used during the Obama Administration of making settlements with environmental groups that lead to additional regulations. The EPA was the first Trump Administration agency to end this practice.[63]
  • October 31, 2017—EPA Director Pruitt signed a directive banning scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on the agency's independent advisory boards, something Pruitt did to avoid having board members with any conflicts of interest.[64] On November 3, 2017, Pruitt appointed dozens of conservatives and industry experts to those advisory boards, giving them a more diverse set of members compared to before.[65]
  • December 4, 2017—President Trump signed two executive orders greatly reducing the land area of two national monuments in Utah – in order to "reverse federal overreach" and preserve states' rights – created by the Clinton and Obama administrations.[66][67] The orders went into effect on February 2, 2018.[68]
  • December 18, 2017—Among the many other aspects of President Trump's national security strategy, the Trump Administration reversed the Obama Administration's decision to list climate change as a national security threat[69] and even suggested that the climate change lobby is a national security threat.[70]
  • December 20, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to increase the production of important minerals that the U.S. is dependent on Chinese and Russian imports for, in order to reduce U.S. dependence on the countries.[71]

Appointments, 2017

President Trump prior to the signing of a major executive order on March 28, 2017, with Vice President Mike Pence, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Overall, President Trump appointed numerous skeptics of human-caused climate change to environmental-related positions.[72]

  • On December 8, 2016, President-elect Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt,[73] a conservative and a critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, as its head.[74] The U.S. Senate confirmed Pruitt on February 17, 2017.[75]
  • August 2017—The Trump Administration named Cathy Stepp, a conservative skeptic on human-caused climate change, to lead the EPA Midwest regional office.[76]
  • The EPA appointed a former Trump campaign aide to make the decisions regarding grant funding.[77]

Other achievements, 2017

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • The coal industry experienced a rebound at the beginning of Trump's presidency, after "the historic lows reached during the Obama era."[78] Although the rebound could also be seen in India and China, it was more dramatic in the United States.[79] U.S. coal exports rose about 60% in the first part of 2017 compared to the previous year, mainly due to high demand from Europe and Asia.[80] Coal production and profits also increased.[81] It was not just the coal industry that experienced a rebound, but rather all fossil fuels.[82] The American Petroleum Institute reported a 62% increase in the number of drilled and completed oil and natural gas wells in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016.[83] On November 21, 2017, Poland signed a five-year agreement to import American liquified natural gas, something that happened a few months after the U.S. shipped natural gas to Poland for the first time ever.[84]
  • June 8, 2017—President Trump showed his support for coal by sending a surprise video message for the opening of a new coal mine, saying that "I want you to know each and every day, I'm fighting for you and all the forgotten men and women of America."[85]
  • It was reported shortly before Independence Day 2017 that gas prices that weekend were at their lowest level since 2005 – 12 years.[86]
  • It was reported in late November 2017 that the number of National Science Foundation grant applications mentioning the term "climate change" decreased by 40% in 2017, something the scientists apparently chose to do voluntarily.[87]
  • In November 2017, U.S. oil production surpassed 10 million barrels a day, the first time it had done so since 1970.[88] According to the Bureau of Land Management, 2017 saw an 86% increase in its oil and gas lease sales compared to the previous year.[89]
    • In 2017, proven oil and gas reserves in the U.S. surpassed a record set in 1970.[90]
  • December 28, 2017—President Trump trolled climate change alarmists when he tweeted that "perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against" when noting record cold weather in the U.S.[91]


President Trump continued challenging the liberal consensus on climate change[92][93] and promoting America First energy policies.[94] EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continued to advance President Trump's conservative environmental agenda until his resignation in July 2018,[95][96] and his successor, Andrew Wheeler, continued pushing that agenda despite taking a more "pragmatic" stance.[96][97] Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also promoted conservative policies.[98] The entire administration continued moving to reduce regulations.[7] President Trump continued his strong support for coal,[99] and his administration also supported renewable energy sources such as wind power.[100] The EPA continued changing its website to reflect Trump Administration priorities, such as removing a page on "international priorities."[101] The Trump Administration also moved to repeal regulations on hunting.[102] The EPA took steps to promote conservation, setting a 13-year record in cleaning up toxic waste sites.[103] President Trump worked to ensure low oil prices to help American consumers,[104] and his administration helped Europe become independent of Russian electricity.[105] Despite these policies, other sections of the Trump Administration continued advancing climate change measures.[106]

Because of President Trump's energy policies, the U.S. became the largest producer of oil and natural gas.[107]

Legislation signed, 2018

  • March 23, 2018—While opposing much of President Trump's conservative environmental agenda, Congress did allow the Trump Administration to end NASA's Carbon Monitoring System, a program to measure world carbon emissions and associated with the Paris agreement.[108] In the same bill that President Trump signed into law, Congress reduced the regulatory burden on farmers by exempting them from having to report emissions from animal waste, something the EPA implemented on July 23, 2018.[109]

Executive actions, 2018

  • January 19, 2018—In the Department of Defence's National Defense Strategy, climate change was removed as a security threat.[110]
  • January 2018—It was reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, frequently used to promote the existence of human-caused climate change, had been reduced by half.[111]
  • February 1, 2018—The Interior Department issued a memorandum ordering its offices to simplify and speed up the process for oil and gas leases on federal land.[112]
  • April 2, 2018—EPA Administrator Pruitt announced his agency would roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency regulations.[113]
  • April 12, 2018—President Trump signed a memorandum ordering the EPA to take several steps to make it easier for states and companies to comply with air pollution regulations, such as having the EPA speed up its decisionmaking on granting air pollution permits.[114] It was reported shortly afterward that the EPA had issued several other memos in the previous months rolling back several air pollution regulations.[115]
  • April 20, 2018—The Bureau of Land Management began the process of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, in accordance with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that President Trump signed the previous year.[116]
  • April 24, 2018—EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order to create a rule requiring any scientific study used to justify additional regulations to be made public, thus eliminating "secret science."[117]
  • May 17, 2018—President Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to reduce waste and the amount of energy they use, among other measures to promote environmental and energy efficiency.[118] This order replaced a stricter and less flexible order signed by Obama in 2015.[119]
  • June 6, 2018—The Interior Department announced it would spend $256 million for infrastructure projects in 22 of its national parks.[120]
  • June 15, 2018—The EPA released its proposed rule rolling back the Obama Administration's Waters of the United States rule.[121] On December 11, 2018, the EPA took another major step in rolling back the WOTUS rule.[122] The EPA formally repealed the rule on September 12, 2019.[123]
  • June 19, 2018—President Trump signed an executive order on U.S. management of ocean resources that replaced a policy enacted by Obama in 2010 by reducing bureaucracy and encouraging offshore development.[124]
  • July 19, 2018—The Trump Administration announced it would change how it enforces the Endangered Species Act, streamlining its enforcement and reducing the regulatory burden on Americans, among other changes.[125] The administration finalized these changed on August 12, 2019.[126]
  • August 2, 2018—The EPA began the process to freeze fuel economy standards, reversing an Obama-era policy.[127]
  • The Trump Administration took a conservative, common-sense approach when dealing with the major wildfires in California in 2018. For example, the U.S. Forest Service moved to expand logging in the Los Padres National Forest to reduce the risk of forest fires,[128] and on August 8, 2018, the Commerce Department ordered the National Marines Fisheries Service to prioritize water for fighting fires over protecting endangered species.[129] These actions came roughly when President Trump criticized California's environmental laws for making the wildfires in the state so much worse,[130] and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also strongly criticized environmentalists and called for forest management.[131] President Trump again criticized the situation on November 10, 2018.[132] On December 22, 2018, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Interior and Agriculture departments to develop a plan to better manage the forests on federal land.[133]
  • August 21, 2018—The EPA announced it had begun the process of repealing the Obama Administration's anti-coal Clean Power Plan and replacing it with a rule giving the states more authority on how to deal with carbon emissions.[134]
  • September 7, 2018—The Interior Department finalized a rule to allow new or expanded hunting or fishing on 30 wildlife refuges.[135]
  • September 11, 2018—The EPA proposed rolling back Obama-era regulations related to methane emissions from oil and gas wells.[136] On September 18, 2018, the Interior Department moved to roll back a similar Obama-era rule regarding methane.[137]
  • September 11, 2018—Interior Secretary Zinke signed an order ending the practice of "sue and settle," similar to what the EPA did in 2017.[138]
  • September 28, 2018—The Interior Department implemented a policy requiring its officials to only use scientific studies whose data is available to the public, similar to the EPA's rule enacted earlier in the year.[139][140]
  • In October 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to import more natural gas from the U.S.,[141] and in November 2018, Poland announced it had signed a long-term deal to buy American natural gas.[84] The latter country formally signed a 20-year deal with the U.S. in December 2018.[142]
  • October 8, 2018—Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Trump Administration announced it would a higher percentage of ethanol to be sold in gasoline year-round, relaxing federal regulations.[143] The EPA moved the implement the order in March 2019.[144]
  • October 19, 2018—President Trump signed a memorandum to reduce regulations on water supply so western states could receive more water.[145]
  • October 19, 2018—The EPA withdrew a last-minute Obama-era regulation on uranium mining.[146]
  • October 24, 2018—The Trump Administration approved the first oil drilling permit for federal waters in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.[147]
  • October 2018—The EPA announced it would stop using letter grades for certain permitting reviews in order to simplify the process.[148]
  • December 1, 2018—The G-20's annual statement affirmed the United States' intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, and it promoted fossil fuels, something supported by the U.S.[149]
  • December 6, 2018—The EPA announced it would roll back strict Obama-era emissions standards for new coal plants, possibly making it easier to build new coal plants.[150]
  • December 6, 2018—The Interior Department announced it would roll back an Obama-era regulation protecting the sage-grouse, giving states more flexibility and opening up new lands for oil drilling while still protecting the species.[151] The Interior Department finalized the regulation on March 15, 2019.[152]
  • December 10, 2018—At the UN COP 24 climate summit, the U.S. delegation organized an event promoting fossil fuels,[153][154] though its members still "appeared to buy into the fundamental presuppositions of climate alarmism."[153] Also at the conference, the U.S. joined some other countries in blocking a joint statement that made a point of praising an IPCC report that promoted human-caused climate change.[155]
  • December 28, 2018—While not rolling back an Obama-era regulation on mercury pollution from coal plants, the EPA did release a rule challenging and seeking to reverse the cost-benefit analysis behind such regulations.[156]

Other achievements, 2018

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • By early 2018, the U.S. was experiencing an oil boom, having a positive effect on the nation, while at the same time it was reducing its oil imports.[157] U.S. oil flooded European markets to the disadvantage of OPEC countries and Russia,[158] and shale oil companies earned enough money to finance new wells themselves for the first time.[159] Higher oil prices and increasing output levels helped cause an economic boom in oil-producing areas in the U.S.[160] According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in June 2018 with an average of 3 million barrels per day during the week ending on June 22.[161] Additionally, U.S. oil exports in the first half of 2018 had risen 80% compared to the same period in 2017.[162] The EIA reported on July 18, 2018, that oil production had hit 11 million barrels per day for the first time ever.[163] In December 2018, the EIA reported that U.S. oil exports increased to 3.2 million barrels per day, a new record.[164]
    • The EIA reported in September 2018 that the U.S. "likely" became the largest crude oil producer worldwide, surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia.[165] The EIA affirmed in November 2018 that the U.S. had become the largest oil producer, and it reported that the U.S. had experienced its largest-ever year-on-year increase in oil output.[166][167]
    • Not only did the U.S. become the largest oil producer, but it became a net oil exporter for the first time since the government began keeping track in 1973 and likely since 1949.[167][168]
    • In 2018, crude oil production in Texas surpassed the previous record set in 1973.[169]
  • U.S. coal exports strongly increased in the first half of 2018.[170] In the third quarter of 2018, U.S. coal exports to Honduras rose 242 percent.[171] In addition to coal, natural gas exports more than doubled in the first half of 2018.[172]
  • Because of two proclamations President Trump signed in December 2017 – which took effect in February 2018 – reducing the size of two national monuments in Utah, the lands taken from the monuments were opened up to mining and drilling.[67][68] Additionally, fracking on federal lands increased because of Trump Administration policy changes.[173]
  • Under pressure from President Trump, Saudi Arabia, the rest of OPEC, and Russia either considered or took action to drop the price of oil.[174] On June 22, 2018, OPEC agreed to increase oil production in order to lower prices.[175] Additionally, a large drop in oil prices in November 2018 was attributed to increased production in the U.S.[176]
  • As an illustration of the friendlier conditions for the coal industry under President Trump, an Alabama coal mine reopened because of confidence in his policies.[177]
  • President Trump continued to challenge the belief in human-caused climate change. In October 2018, for example, he questioned the concept,[93][178] and the following month, he mocked the existence of global warming as the East Coast saw record low temperatures.[179] In November 2018, Trump disputed the findings of a government paper prediction drastically negative effects on the economy because of climate change.[180] In a November 2018 Washington Post interview, President Trump again disputed the existence of man-made climate change.[181] In December 2018, he criticized the Paris agreement, pointing out the yellow vest movement protesting the agreement's effects in France.[182]

Setbacks, 2018

The following setbacks to the MAGA agenda were often caused by Congress or officials in the Trump Administration, rather than President Trump himself. Some of them can also be considered partial achievements.

  • White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly ended an EPA plan to host debates on the existence and nature of climate change.[183]


President Trump continued promoting his America First energy policy.[184] In 2019, he worked to promote and approve energy projects including pipelines.[185] The coal industry stabilized under his presidency.[186] The Trump EPA, adhering to federalism, worked to devolve its authority to the states,[187] and it continued working to reduce regulations.[188] It also continued promoting cleaner energy and a cleaner environment,[189] and it also worked to reduce wildfires in the Western states.[190] Growing U.S. energy independence also reduced the country's reliance on foreign oil imports for economic stability.[191]

Legislation signed, 2019

  • March 12, 2019—In a major public lands and conservation bill that President Trump into law – despite its significant problems[192] – one of the provisions opened millions of acres of public land to hunters by removing restrictions and made it harder for the government to close off such lands to hunting.[193]

Executive actions, 2019

President Trump signing two executive orders on energy projects, April 10, 2019
  • January 7, 2019—The Energy Department announced it would spend $115 million to develop more advanced nuclear fuel to keep the U.S. competitive internationally.[194]
  • February 20, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would reduce grazing fees for federal land.[195]
  • February 21, 2019—The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission broke a two-year deadlock over its liquified natural gas export policy, approving a major LNG facility in Louisiana.[196]
  • March 6, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would end endangered species protections for gray wolves.[197]
  • March 12, 2019—The EPA released a plan to allow a higher percentage of ethanol to be sold in gasoline year-round, based on an executive order President Trump signed in October 2018 that implemented a campaign promise.[144] The plan was implemented on May 31, 2019.[198]
  • March 15, 2019—The Interior Department finalized a rule giving states more flexibility to open up new lands for oil drilling while still protecting the sage grouse, an action that rolled back an Obama-era regulation.[152]
  • March 21, 2019—Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order making make public access to federal lands a priority for the government when selling or trading lands it owns.[199]
  • March 29, 2019—President Trump signed a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, something made necessary after a court ruling.[200]
  • April 10, 2019—President Trump signed two executive orders making it harder for states to block the construction of oil and gas pipelines, among other similar projects, because of environmental concerns.[201] On August 9, 2019, the EPA acted to implement the order stopping states from blocking oil and gas pipelines.[202]
  • April 25, 2019—The Trump Administration announced a plan to open up over one million acres of land in California to oil drilling,[203] and it finalized this proposal on May 9, 2019.[204]
  • May 2, 2019—The Trump Administration rolled back Obama-era regulations regarding offshore oil drilling.[205]
  • Because of the Trump Administration's opposition to mentioning climate change in the Arctic Council's ministerial meeting's joint declaration, the meeting did not issue such a statement for the first time since its formation.[206]
  • May 15, 2019—The Trump Administration renewed two mineral leases for two sites in Minnesota, opening up those locations for copper mining after the Obama Administration attempted to stop such plans.[207]
  • May 21, 2019—The EPA proposed creating a new cost-benefit analysis for considering new regulations in order to improve the agency's regulatory policies.[208]
  • June 5, 2019—The Interior Department announced it would allow hunting and fishing on an additional 1.4 million acres of federal land, a major expansion and something accomplished by eliminating 7,500 regulations.[209] On September 10, 2019, the Trump Administration announced it would expand hunting and fishing on 77 national wildlife refuges.[210]
  • June 7, 2019—The EPA issued guidance to encourage states to more quickly approve pipeline projects.[211]
  • June 12, 2019—The U.S. Forest Service proposed major changes to speed up environmental reviews and reduce bureaucracy, partly to promote forest management and, by extension, prevent forest fires.[212]
  • June 19, 2019—The EPA finalized its replacement rule of the Obama Administration's anti-coal Clean Power Plan.[213]
  • June 21, 2019—The Trump Administration issued guidance, resulting from a 2017 action that reversed Obama-era guidance, that changed how federal agencies consider the impact of projects on the environment.[214]
  • June 25, 2019—The EPA proposed reversing the Clinton-era "once-in-always-in" policy, which kept stricter standards on facilities that conducted significant air pollution even if those facilities worked to reduce pollution levels.[215]
  • July 12, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would suspend an Obama-era regulation fining automakers if they did not follow fuel efficiency regulations.[216]
  • July 30, 2019—The EPA lifted an Obama-era decision to block a proposed Alaska gold and copper mine.[217]
  • August 1, 2019—The EPA finalized a rule simplifying the air pollution permitting process for some power plants and other factories.[218]
  • August 12, 2019—The Trump Administration finalized a rule changing how it interpreted the Endangered Species Act, allowing the federal government to take economic effects into account when considering adding an animal to the list of endangered species.[126]
  • August 21, 2019—The DOJ ended its use of Supplemental Environmental Projects, heavily used by the Obama Administration and criticized by conservatives.[219]
  • August 23, 2019—The BLM finalized a plan to allow for some development on land that used to be part of a Utah national monument that the Trump Administration significantly shrunk in 2017.[220]
  • August 27, 2019—President Trump directed the Department of Agriculture to end logging restrictions in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.[221]
  • August 29, 2019—The EPA released a proposal to roll back Obama-era methane regulations.[222]
  • September 10, 2019—EPA Administrator Wheeler signed a directive to eliminate the need for scientific animal testing by 2035.[223]
  • September 12, 2019—The Trump Administration formally repealed the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule.[123]
  • September 12, 2019—The Trump Administration moved forward toward allowing oil and gas drilling and exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.[224]
  • September 15, 2019—President Trump authorized the use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities disrupted global oil markets.[225]
  • September 18–19, 2019—President Trump announced his administration would revoke a federal waiver for California that allowed it to impose stricter auto emissions standards than the federal government.[226] The Trump Administration officially revoked California's waiver the following day.[227]
  • October 4, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would open 725,000 acres of land in Central California to oil and gas drilling, ending a moratorium that had been in place since 2013.[228]
  • October 4, 2019—The Trump Administration announced an ethanol plan to increase demand and benefit farmers.[229]
  • October 9, 2019—The Trump Administration proposed relaxing regulations on mineral mining companies to make them more competitive.[230]
  • October 10, 2019—The EPA proposed strengthening rules to prevent lead contamination in water.[231]
  • October 15, 2019—The Trump Administration proposed allowing logging in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.[232]
  • October 22, 2019—The Trump Administration released a new scientific opinion changing protections on certain California fish to benefit farmers in the state reliant on water.[233]
  • October 23, 2019—The DOJ sued California for the state's cap-and-trade program with Quebec.[234]
  • November 4, 2019—The EPA proposed rolling back a restrictive 2015 Obama Administration rule on coal plant waste.[235]
  • November 4, 2019—The U.S. formally notified the UN it would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, something it did on the first day it could possibly do so under the terms of the treaty.[236]
  • November 19, 2019—President Trump signed a memorandum directing the government to map the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, including the waters off the coast of Alaska.[237]
  • November 20, 2019—The EPA partially rescinded several rules intended for chemical plant safety, doing so for the purpose of increased security and less unnecessary burdens on chemical plants.[238]
  • November 21, 2019—The Energy Department announced a program to develop technologies, in partnership with the private sector, to keep plastic out of rivers and oceans.[239]
  • November 21, 2019—The Trump Administration released a plan to potentially allow oil drilling in over 75% of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.[240]
  • December 3, 2019—The EPA proposed a rule to reform and speed up the New Source Review industry permitting program.[241]
  • December 5, 2019—The EPA released a rule allowing the use of "cyanide bombs" to protect livestock from wild animals, while still taking measures in the rule to protect the environment.[242]
  • December 12, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would open up 1.2 million acres of land in eight California counties to fracking.[243]

Appointments, 2019

  • In 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler appointed at least one outspoken skeptic of human-caused climate change to the EPA's Science Advisory Board.[244] Additionally, William Happer, another skeptic of human-caused climate change, held a prominent position in the administration's climate policies.[245] Later in 2019, Interior Secretary Bernhardt appointed William Perry Pendley, a conservative opponent of the federal government owning a great amount of land, as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management,[246] and Bernhardt later extended his tenure.[247] Other conservative climate realists advised the Trump Administration,[248] though some other officials promoted the concept of human-caused climate change.[249]

Other achievements, 2019

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • The U.S. continued increasing its global energy dominance.[250] In mid-February 2019, U.S. oil output reached 12 million barrels per day, an achievement reached well ahead of schedule,[251] and crude oil exports reached a record high of 3.6 million.[252] Liquified natural gas exports continued to rapidly increase.[253] Additionally, the International Energy Agency reported in March 2019 that the U.S. shale revolution was "triggering a rapid transformation of global oil markets."[254] By May 2019, the EU increased its imports of U.S. natural gas by 272% since 2016,[255] and India increased its oil imports from the U.S., completely offsetting a Chinese boycott of U.S. oil.[256] The U.S. also worked to help Poland and Ukraine reduce their dependence on Russian energy.[257] The EIA confirmed that U.S. oil production surpassed 12 million barrels per day in April 2019,[258] and it found that U.S. production comprised 98% of all global oil production growth.[259] U.S. exports increase so significantly that oil disruptions in the Middle East – which benefited U.S. producers – did little to impact oil prices.[260] In August 2019, the EIA reported that the U.S. exported crude oil to a record 31 countries,[261] and the U.S. briefly surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil exports.[262] LNG exports also continued rapidly increasing, with exports between January and August 2019 equaling all of 2018.[263] In September 2019, Brazil announced it would increase ethanol imports from the U.S.[264] U.S. oil production increased so much that the country gained the ability to stabilize oil markets rather than be seriously affected by disruptions, an unusual position for a country.[191] The EIA reported in October 2019 that the U.S. was exporting crude oil to more countries than it was importing from,[265] and it also reported that the U.S. had been a net exporter for a consecutive four weeks on a four-week average basis, the first time this had happened.[266] In September 2019, the U.S. became a net petroleum exporter for the first time since 1978.[267] The EIA reported in November 2019 that during that month, U.S. crude oil output reached a record high of 13 million barrels per day.[268] Later that month, the EIA reported that in September 2019, the U.S. experienced its first full month as a net petroleum exporter for the first time since the federal government began tracking such data in 1949.[269]
    • By 2019, oil pipeline construction had increased significantly.[270]
    • In Fiscal Year 2019, revenue from drilling on public lands increased by one-third.[271]
  • President Trump continued making statements challenging or mocking climate alarmism. For example, in January 2019, he stated that it "wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now" during a harsh cold wave.[272] Later that month, during a polar vortex that saw temperatures fall to record lows in the Midwest, President Trump again mocked global warming, asking it to "come back fast."[273] In his February 5, 2019, State of the Union Address, President Trump did not mention climate change.[274] On February 9, 2019, he mocked the socialist Green New Deal.[275] On February 10, 2019, President Trump mocked Amy Klobuchar for discussing climate change while speaking outside in a snowstorm.[276] On March 12, 2019, President Trump shared a quote by Patrick Moore, a prominent skeptic of human-caused climate change, in which Moore disputed the left-wing narrative on the topic.[277] On March 16, 2019, President Trump criticized Emmanuel Macron's environmental policies and the Paris climate agreement, noting the yellow vest movement protests occurring in the country.[278] On March 20, 2019, and subsequent days, President Trump mocked wind power.[279] In June 2019, President Trump again made comments skeptical of climate alarmism.[280] On August 21, 2019, President Trump criticized automakers for continuing to abide by California's stricter environmental standards rather than significantly reducing costs for consumers.[281] On August 26, 2019, President Trump stated that although he supported a clean environment, he would not sacrifice the U.S.'s wealth and economic prosperity "on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren't working too well."[282] At the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2019, President Trump focused on religious freedom rather than climate change as the rest of the UN.[283] In a speech on October 23, 2019, President Trump strongly criticized the Paris climate agreement and reaffirmed his intention to withdraw.[284] On November 3, 2019, President Trump criticized California and its liberal governor for their poor handling of the wildfires in the state.[285] He criticized far-left environmentalist policies at an event on November 12, 2019.[286] In a speech on December 21, 2019, President Trump strongly criticized wind turbines.[287]
  • April 22, 2019—President Trump issued an Earth Day statement that did not mention climate change, discussed the importance of a strong economy, and committed to treating "God's wondrous creation" responsibly.[288]
  • July 8, 2019—President Trump gave a strong speech discussing his administration's environmental successes while also criticizing the Green New Deal and Paris climate agreement.[289]

Setbacks, 2019

The following setbacks to the MAGA agenda were often caused by Congress or officials in the Trump Administration, rather than President Trump himself. Some of them can also be considered partial achievements.

  • April 25, 2019—The Trump Administration announced it would indefinitely pause its plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean because of a district court ruling against the administration's plans to expanding offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.[290]
  • Despite being an agency ostensibly focused on outer space issues, NASA continued promoting the existence of human-caused climate change on its website.[291]
  • The Trump Administration killed a proposed panel to challenge the claim that climate change is completely caused by humans.[292]


The United States under President Trump continued pursuing energy independence and reducing its reliance on Middle Eastern oil.[293]

Executive actions, 2020

  • January 6, 2020—The EPA announced it would soon act to reduce air pollution from trucks.[294]
  • January 9, 2020—President Trump announced a plan to update the National Environmental Policy Act to speed up the permitting process for infrastructure projects and impose time limits for environmental reviews.[295]

Appointments, 2020

  • January 2, 2020—Despite the opposition of environmentalists and other liberals, the Interior Department extended the tenure of William Pendley, the conservative acting director of the Bureau of Land Management.[247]


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