Climate Guidance for NEPA Reviews

The Environmental & Energy Law Program is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.

Why it Matters

This guidance provided standardized guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas footprint of “major federal actions” reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Agencies can use this information to make decisions that reduce the climate impact of projects.

Current Status

President Trump revoked the climate guidance in his Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Nonetheless, at least one draft environmental review since the Executive Order has included climate impact of a projects greenhouse gas emissions. Some courts have also required agencies to consider the impacts of the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, which implicate climate change. We will follow NEPA documents that continue to consider climate impacts and judicial decisions that require consideration of such impacts in the absence of formal guidance.

Click here learn more about the history of this rule and the latest updates.

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