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How Long Will It Take Trump To Repeal These Controversial Obama Energy Policies?

President Trump expects to sign up to 200 executive orders Monday, following the first tranche of orders he signed over the weekend.

Turning from Obamacare and mortgage deductions, Trump at some point in his first week in office will begin to implement his “America First Energy Plan.”

Trump plans to eliminate restrictions on U.S. energy production, mainly through dismantling President Obama’s so called “Climate Action Plan” and the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The White House says repealing these rules will boost wages “more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”

But that’s only the beginning. Trump is likely use more executive actions to rollback many Obama-era environmental policies.

Here are some of the major executive actions Trump is expected to take:

Repeal EPA Regulations

Trump promised to eliminate Obama’s “the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule” once in office. He’ll likely need Congress, or the courts, to fully repeal Obama’s agenda, but he can issue executive orders effectively nullifying key policies.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the cornerstone of Obama’s global warming policies, and is expected to further cripple the coal industry. Coal-fired power plants that don’t meet strict CO2 limits will be shut down under the CPP, and new coal plants can’t be built unless they use CO2 capture technology.

Constitutional attorneys and CPP opponents David Rivkin and Andrew Grossman argued Trump can “adopt a new energy policy that respects the states’ role in regulating energy markets and that prioritizes making electricity affordable and reliable.”

That executive “order should direct the EPA to cease all efforts to enforce and implement the Clean Power Plan,” Rivkin and Grossman wrote in a November op-ed. “The agency would then extend all of the regulation’s deadlines, enter an administrative stay and commence regulatory proceedings to rescind the previous order.”

Trump could do something similar for the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S. rule” (WOTUS), which, like the CPP, is being challenged by dozens of states in federal court over worries it further extends federal control over state and private property.

Pull Out Of The Paris Accords

Obama officially signed onto a United Nations agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions last year, called the Paris accords. The former president pledged the U.S. would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

Obama never brought the Paris accords before Congress, however, and instead his administration called it a non-legally binding executive agreement. That means Trump can tear up the agreement all on his own.

Trump promised to pull out of the accords on the campaign trail, later doubling down with a pledge to eliminate “billions in global warming payments to the United Nations” and spend that money in the U.S. instead.

Though not in full agreement, Trump’s administration seem to share his views on the Paris accords. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, said the U.S. should keep a seat at the table regarding Paris. But it remains to be seen, if confirmed, he pushes this view with Trump.

Open Up Federal Lands

Trump is also likely to unilaterally reverse Obama administration policies to keep vast swaths of federal lands off-limits to mining and drilling.

Trump is expected to order the Department of the Interior to lift a moratorium placed on new coal mines instituted under Obama last year, according to Bloomberg. The Obama administration temporarily banned new coal mines to consider ways to increase mining costs on federal lands.

The former administration said it was to get taxpayer a fair return on mines on public lands.

Trump could also reverse the Obama administration’s taking Arctic and Atlantic ocean offshore lease sales out of the latest five-year offshore drilling plan, as well as an Obama order “permanently” making portions of those same seas off-limits.

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