Calling Environmental Regulations 'Out of Control' President Trump Begins Sharp Policy Change

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Oklahoma Attorney General and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt testifies during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)

Drawing harsh rebukes from environmentalists, President Trump issued executive orders Tuesday to push through construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. He also directed the EPA to suspend grants and contracts, instituted a media blackout at the agency and promised to undo the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, Congress moved to reverse other Obama-era environmental rules. We discuss the impacts of the Trump presidency on the environment so far.

Guests:

Emily Holden, reporter, E&E News, an energy and environment focused news organization

Jeff Holmstead, partner, Bracewell, a law and government relations firm; former assistant administrator, air and radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (under President George W. Bush)

David Doniger, director, climate and clean air program, National Resources Defense Council; former lawyer, Environmental Protection Agency clean air program (under President Bill Clinton)

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