President Donald Trump and the new Republican Congress have promised a sea change in the nation’s energy and environmental policies, but federal reforms may face a wave of state-level resistance, plus rough tides in the energy markets.
The energy industry expects a significant boost as the Trump administration backs away from rules and regulations on climate change. That includes an end to the Obama-era clean-power plan to lower carbon emissions from coal and other fossil fuels; faster approval for oil and gas leasing, drilling and infrastructure; and a broad rollback of federal regulations and red tape.
“Trump’s presidency marks an historic reversal from the previous focus on climate change and global warming,” said Daniel Fine, associate director of the Center for Energy Policy at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. “It represents a major defeat for climate change energy policies in the U.S.”
But federal efforts will meet stiff resistance nationally from opposition groups, plus ramped-up action at the state level to defend environmental policies.