President Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiatives

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13,783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” The Executive Order takes a number of steps to roll back climate change initiatives and increase domestic energy production.

The Executive Order requires federal agencies review of all existing regulations, policies, orders, guidance documents, and other agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and publish a report on their findings. It also revokes President Obama’s Executive Order 13,653, “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,” along with three Obama-era presidential memoranda addressing climate change and natural resources.

The following are the headings of the Executive Order’s eight sections, which give one a good overview of the Order’s contents:

  1. Policy
  2. Immediate Review of All Agency Actions that Potentially Burden the Safe, Efficient Development of Domestic Energy Resources
  3. Rescission of Certain Energy and Climate-Related Presidential and Regulatory Actions
  4. Review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” and Related Rules and Agency Actions
  5. Review of Estimates of the Social Cost of Carbon, Nitrous Oxide, and Methane for Regulatory Impact Analysis
  6. Federal Land Coal Leasing Moratorium
  7. Review of Regulations Related to United States Oil and Gas Development
  8. General Provisions


Exec. Order No. 13,783 of Mar. 28, 2017, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, 82 Fed. Reg. 16,093 (published Mar. 31, 2017).