Once he takes office, President-elect Donald Trump could roll back several of President Barack Obama's efforts on the environment.
“I think 80 percent of President Obama’s policies will be reversed very soon after Trump moves into the White House,” Robert McNally, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, told Fox News. “The Trump administration will reverse the global warming principles enacted under Obama and he will stop the politicization of infrastructure. This will definitely spur on the growth of the oil and gas industries.”
On the campaign trail, Trump was a vociferous critic of Obama's focus on climate change reduction efforts.
“I think one of the dumbest statements I've ever heard in politics in the history of politics as I know it, which is pretty good, was Obama's statement that our number one problem is global warming, okay?” Trump told MSNBC in November, 2015. “When we have large groups of people that want to blow up every one of our cities, that want to destroy our country, that want to kill our people. And he's worried about global warming. I think it's one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Or perhaps most naive.”
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Obama's efforts to increase clean energy initiatives was one reason he stopped the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, saying it "would not serve the interests of the United States,” according to NBC News.
But Trump has said on numerous occasions that he plans to reverse that decision.
“If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S., Trump tweeted in August, 2015.
Now that he has been elected, Trump appears to be on course to fulfilling that promise. His transition team includes fossil fuel lobbyist Mike McKenna and outspoken climate change skeptic Myron Ebell, according to Fox News, indicating a hardline approach to capitalizing off of, rather than protecting, natural resources.