Trump issued an Executive Order today that directs the Interior Department to “reconsider” several safety regulations on offshore drilling that the Obama administration put into effect after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill seven years ago. While the EO is mostly designed to reverse Obama era attempts to ban drilling off the southeastern Atlantic and Alaskan coats, Trump also seemed to take aim at more recent regulations put in place regarding oil rig safety. When questioned on which specific equipment regulations would be reviewed, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke replied that the review would apply "from bow to stern.”
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted the Trump administration’s request to suspend lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan rule, signaling the likely end of President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy. Ostensibly, the court order is designed to allow the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan, which Director Scott Pruitt previously announced. Assuming Pruitt decides not to follow through on the Obama plan, which was designed to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 32% below 2005 levels, then lawsuits against it would be moot.
Trump spoke to the National Rifle Association today, becoming the first sitting president to address the group since Ronald Reagan. On the eve of his 100th day in office, with few accomplishments and very bad polling numbers regarding his job performance, Trump was clearly happy to be back in front of his base where he could revisit campaign themes and insult old enemies like Senator Elizabeth Warren.