Despite EPA Actions, Obama's Climate Agenda 'Has Not Been Fully Dismantled Yet'


While Republicans and industry groups cheer the Trump administration’s repealing of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), conservative policy experts say there’s still more to do.

The federal government is full of programs and offices dedicated to pushing global warming policies, according to Myron Ebell, the director of energy and global warming policy at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Despite EPA Actions, Obama’s Climate Agenda ‘Has Not Been Fully Dismantled Yet’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, is still deciding what to do with Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and a rule on methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

The EPA also has to address carbon dioxide regulations on new power plants. This rule effectively bans new coal-fired power plants from being built.

"Unraveling the CPP is big but just as important is reversing the climate regulations on new power plants," Nick Loris, an energy economist at the Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) still operates more than two dozen science centers dubbed the "cornerstone" of the agency’s "climate change response strategy" during the Obama administration.

The DOI is also struggling to repeal its own methane rule, and the Energy Department has to deal with energy efficiency regulations for appliances and the numerous other programs to promote solar and wind energy.

The Energy Department still operates the green energy loan program that was so derided during the Obama years. Officials recently gave $3.7 billion in loan guarantees to a Georgia nuclear plant.

The Trump administration has made progress on repealing Obama administration environmental policies, with The New York Times reporting that 25 policies have been overturned while another 19 are being undone.

Trump also intends to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. President Barack Obama saw the CPP as the main tool to meet the Paris accord’s goal.

"His climate agenda has not been fully dismantled yet. Climate programs and offices still exist in many departments and agencies," Ebell, who headed the EPA transition team last fall, told TheDCNF.

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