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A view of Tongass National Forest in Alaska in June 2016. Photo: Sergi Reboredo/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Biden administration said in a notice Friday that it will “repeal or replace” a rule change from former President Trump that opened up a large portion of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to road construction and other types of development.

Why it matters: The rule change was part of Republican efforts during the Trump administration to expand logging operations in the forest, which is one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests, according to the Washington Post.

Context: Road construction in the Tongass National Forest had been barred for about two decades before Trump permitted it and other forms of development and expanded logging operations in a huge swath of the forest roughly three months before leaving office.

  • Environmentalists and members of Alaska’s recreation industry have argued that preventing road construction is a key to preserving the forest, which is also a massive natural carbon dioxide sink, according to the Post.

The big picture: The expected Biden administration move is a continuation of the president's rollback of Trump-era resource extraction and environmental protection policies.

Yes, but: The Biden administration in May defended in the U.S. District Court for Alaska a massive ConocoPhillips oil and gas project approved during the Trump-era.

What's next: The Agriculture Department expects to publish its proposed rule change in August, according to the Post.

Go deeper: The global stakes of Biden's infrastructure negotiations

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Biden pushes for increased protections for streams and waterways, reversing Trump-era rollback

Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Biden administration is pushing to increase federal environmental protections for "streams, marshes and other wetlands," effectively reversing a Trump-era rollback, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: The move is likely to restart a "decades-long battle over how far federal officials can go to stop contaminants from entering small streams and other wetlands," per the Post.

Former Rep. Renacci announces GOP primary challenge to Ohio Gov. Dewine

Combination images of Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine and former Rep. Jim Renacci. Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images/Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Former Republican Rep. Jim Renacci accused Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine (R) of being more in line with President Biden than former President Trump, as Renacci announced Wednesday he's challenging the governor in next year's primary.

What he's saying: Trump ally Renacci made the criticism in a new campaign ad attacking Dewine's handling of the pandemic, saying DeWine "defied Trump and was praised by Biden."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jun 9, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The Keystone XL pipeline is officially dead

A tanker truck trailer in a field along the Keystone XL pipeline route near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

The developer of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline abandoned the project Wednesday after a decade-plus effort.

Why it matters: TC Energy's decision ends one of the century's highest profile battles over climate change and energy. But the move is unsurprising.