Executive and Secretarial Orders Target Energy, Mitigation Policies

Executive and Secretarial Orders Target Energy, Mitigation Policies

President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued new orders in late March to streamline energy development and revoke mitigation policies established by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in the previous administration. President Trump’s executive order “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” lifts the ban on federal leasing for coal production; lifts restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas, and shale energy; calls for a review of the final regulations established in President Obama’s Clean Power Plan; directs agencies to review actions that “harm domestic energy production”; and more. The next day. DOI Secretary Zinke signed secretarial orders 3348 overturning the department’s 2016 moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, and 3349 which implements President Trump’s executive order and calls for reexamination of mitigation and climate change policies established by his predecessor.

“Today I took action to sign a series of directives that put America on track to achieve the President's vision for energy independence and bringing jobs back to communities across the country,” said Secretary Zinke. “American energy powers our national and local economies. But for too many local communities, energy on public lands has been more of a missed opportunity and has failed to include local consultation and partnership. Today’s orders allow for Americans to benefit from safe and environmentally responsible development on federal lands and put America on track for energy independence.”

April 14, 2017