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President Trump on Dec. 24. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration so far targeted about 85 environmental regulations that protect air, water, land and public health from climate change and fossil fuel pollution, according to CNBC.

Why it matters: Eliminating these regulations can increase premature deaths from pollutants and produce higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions, according to research from the NYU Law School.

  • The Trump administration has prioritized eliminating regulations that it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and the economy in general.
Here are five major rollbacks in 2019:

Methane leaks: The Trump administration announced plans to weaken regulations on methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

  • If adopted, oil and gas companies would not be required to adopt technology to monitor and fix methane leaks from facilities and pipelines.

Clean water rule: The EPA repealed an Obama-era regulation that limited the amount of pollution and chemicals in the country’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

  • The repeal allows people and businesses to discharge toxic substances into waterways without a permit, potentially harming the country’s sources of drinking water and habitats for wildlife.

Endangered Species Act: The Trump administration said it would alter the Endangered Species Act and make it harder to protect wildlife from human development and global warming.

  • The new rules make it easier for federal agencies to delist threatened animals and plants. The Endangered Species Act contributed to saving the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator.

Coal plants: The administration introduced the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which keeps coal-powered plants open longer. It gives states more power to control emissions and less authority to the federal government in setting emissions standards.

Auto pollution: The White House also prepared to soften regulations on automobile emissions that contribute to global warming.

  • The administration said cutting the regulations is necessary for economic and safety reasons, and environmentalists say consumers would spend billions more in fuel costs and accelerate climate change if the administration removes the regulations.

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.