It's happening! After weeks of delays and rumors, the White House is issuing its executive order Tuesday that will undo — or at least start to undo — a suite of Obama-era climate policies.
What's in it: The centerpiece will be an order to begin the bureaucratic slog of unwinding the Clean Power Plan. That's the sweeping EPA rule, already frozen by the Supreme Court, that mandates cuts in carbon emissions from power plants.
What else is in it: A lot. It's also expected to quickly upend some policies that weren't formal rules to begin with, such as:
- The Interior Department's freeze on new coal mining leases on federal lands.
- An Obama-era White House directive that federal agencies should weigh climate change in various permitting decisions and environmental reviews.
But it's even wider! Bloomberg got a look at a draft and has a detailed rundown here.
The politics: This should get the GOP singing off the same song sheet, for a day at least. When it comes to rolling back environmental regulations, there's nothing like the kind of Freedom Caucus—White House—GOP leadership tension that was in ample supply during last week's ugly healthcare debacle.
Trump's frame: The White House said Sunday that Trump will visit the EPA tomorrow to sign the "energy independence" order, claiming it will reduce "unnecessary" rules and "help keep energy and electricity affordable, reliable, and clean in order to boost economic growth and job creation."