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How the Trump administration has gutted environmental protections



Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is ramping up its efforts to deny the acceleration of climate change — and the government’s role in researching it.

This latest push to minimize the federal government’s role in mitigating climate change will reportedly include defunding the National Climate Assessment, compiled every four years, after last year’s report predicted the US would suffer catastrophic ecological and economic consequences from climate change.

Under former EPA administrator Scott Pruit and his predecessor Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, the EPA has aggressively tried to eliminate or roll back Obama-era environmental protection rules related to minimizing pollution and mitigation of climate change.

Read more: The Trump administration is reportedly stepping up its war against climate science by forcing scientists to omit key details from a major report

While many attempted rollbacks have been blocked in court for not following proper administrative procedure, according to an analysis from the Washington Post, the administration is still de-regulating the oil, gas, and coal industries at a rapid pace.

Meanwhile, the US Department of the Interior has paved the way for an uptick in offshore drilling and drilling on previously protected public lands and national monuments, many of which President Donald Trump reduced in size with executive orders.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, National Geographic and The New York Times have been meticulously tracking regulatory rollbacks and changes to environmental policy under the Trump administration, with The Times counting 47 eliminated rules and 31 in the process of being repealed as of last December.

Here are 11 of the most notable ways the administration has given more free reign to polluting industries:

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