White House Revokes Trump-Era Guidance on Greenhouse Gas ImpactsEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

The White House on Thursday revoked Trump administration guidance that sought to limit the use of “remote or speculative” environmental consequences of greenhouse gas effects on major projects like highways and pipelines. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) rescinded the Trump administration’s 2019 draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance, which called on federal agencies to consider only “reasonably foreseeable environmental consequences” of major infrastructure projects, while excluding those that are “remote or speculative.” In adopting its guidelines, the Trump administration argued that limiting the consideration of climate impacts by agencies would result in faster and more efficient environmental reviews of energy and other projects required under NEPA rules. “A projection of a proposed action’s direct and reasonably foreseeable indirect GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions may be used as a proxy for assessing potential climate effects,” the Trump-era guidance said. “Agencies are not required to quantify effects where information necessary for …Read More

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