What are the Obama administration’s accomplishments with respect to the environment? What is at risk if they go?
There has been a lot of talk about repealing all of Obama’s executive orders. Below are a list of exactly what these orders implemented.
Clean Energy Plan – a set of rules that requires states to substantially reduce their emissions over the next few decades.
- Climate-Resilient International Development; efforts to strengthen policy and procedures: EO 13677
- Combating Wildlife Trafficking: EO 13648
- Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency: EO 13624
- International Renewable Energy Agency; designation as a public international organization entitled to certain privileges, exemptions and immunities: EO 13605
- Unconventional domestic and natural gas resources; efforts to coordinate Administration policy to support safe and responsible development: EO 13605
- Arctic Region policies; National efforts to improve coordination: EO 13689
- Chesapeake Bay, protection and restoration efforts: EO 13508
- Federal buildings’ design and construction, earthquake risk management standard; establishment: EO 13717
- Federal sustainability in the next decade; planning: EO 13693
- Oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes; protection, maintenance, and restoration efforts: EO 13547
- Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration: EO 13626
- Wildland-Urban Interface; effort to mitigate wildfire risks: EO 13728
- EO 13514 – https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-signs-executive-order-focused-federal-leadership-environmental-ener
More than just his executive orders Obama put in place appointees who shared his vision on climate. Secretary of State John Kerry “hurled himself into conservation issues, making them a central focus of American diplomacy and winning a string of ambitious deals to limit global warming and protect the oceans.” In November 2016, Kerry traveled to Antarctica bringing attention to the need to focus on climate.