Sellout: Tracking Trump’s Anti-Public Lands Crusade

2017-01-20 12:00:00

Donald Trump inaugurated

Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, losing the popular vote by a greater margin than any U.S. president.

2017-01-30 12:00:00

Trump reorganizes government agencies

President Trump signs Executive Order 13771 to reorganize government agencies, seeming to target in particular departments that work on climate change. This is the beginning of Trump's so-called "Unified Agenda," which intends to systematically dismantle the regulatory state.

2017-02-14 12:00:00

Trump repeals SEC rule

President Trump signs off on the repeal of an SEC rule whose creation was mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act and which required energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments — an important way to battle corruption in resource-rich developing countries. The regulation was scrapped through the Congressional Review Act.

2017-02-16 13:49:26

Trump repeals Stream Protection Rule

President Trump signs off on the repeal of the Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule, which stopped mining companies from dumping coal debris and toxic waste from mountaintop removal mining into streams and required companies to restore mined areas and monitor environmental impacts. The Interior Department had said the rule would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests. It was axed through the Congressional Review Act.

2017-03-01 00:02:01

Ryan Zinke confirmed as Interior Secretary

Ryan Zinke is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. The Interior Department is responsible for the management of most federal land and natural resources, which comes to about 500 million acres of surface land or one-fifth of the land in the U.S. Interior employs 70,000 people and oversees nine bureau including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nominated on December 13, Zinke was one of Trump's first cabinet picks and would ultimately become a linchpin in Trump's agenda.

2017-03-27 13:49:26

Trump rolls back BLM's Planning 2.0 Rule

President Trump signs off on the rollback of the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule, shutting Americans out of the process of deciding where and when to drill on public lands, and handing power over to the oil and gas industry. The rule was designed to streamline federal land use planning and engender early input from multiple stakeholders. It was targeted under the Congressional Review Act.

2017-03-28 13:49:26

Trump announces executive order for energy management

President Trump announces an executive order that among other things, in the name of “energy independence,” directs the Interior Department to review, revise, or rescind many guidelines concerning where and how energy can be developed on or near public lands — including national parks and wildlife refuges. It also requires the EPA to review its Clean Power Plan.

2017-03-29 13:49:26

Zinke overturns coal moratorium

Secretary Zinke announces Secretarial Order 3348, which overturns the 2016 moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. The policy was part of a comprehensive review, intended to modernize the hopelessly outdated and heavily subsidized federal coal program.

2017-03-29 13:49:26

Zinke threatens environmental safeguards

Secretary Zinke announces Secretarial Order 3349, which threatens policies designed to ensure safe and responsible oil and gas development and climate change preparedness and resiliency, among many others.

2017-04-26 10:00:09

Trump orders review of national monuments

President Trump announces an executive order to review national monuments designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The order puts somewhere between 20 and 40 national monuments in question. The Antiquities Act authorizes the president to protect landmarks, structures, and objects of historic or scientific interest by designating them as national monuments. No national monument has ever been rescinded.

Sellout: Tracking Trump’s Anti-Public Lands Crusade

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