Trump site vows to ‘scrap’ Clean Power Plan, expand leasing

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s team has launched, a new clearinghouse for information about his policies and transition to power.

The website broadly sketches out Trump’s plans for the stretch between Election Day and Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

Trump plans to “deploy Agency Review Teams to each federal agency to ensure a smooth transition between administrations. Simultaneously, the incoming administration will identify, vet, and select candidates for approximately 4,100 presidential appointments.”

Announcements for top positions will occur during that transition period, while “nominations of individuals for Senate-confirmed appointments, confirmation of nominees, and appointments to positions not requiring Senate confirmation will begin after January 20, 2017.”

Come Inauguration Day, “the Trump Administration will be ready to hit the ground running due to the planning and hard work that has been underway since the Conventions,” the website says.

The website also broadly sketches out Trump’s top policy priorities, under a tab titled “Making America Great Again,” taken from his campaign slogan.

The administration will “make America energy independent,” it says, by making “full use of our domestic energy sources, including traditional and renewable energy sources.”

The Trump team pledges to open onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters, to streamline permitting for all energy projects, to “end the war on coal, and rescind the coal mining lease moratorium,” to eliminate U.S. EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, and to “scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan.”

Under Trump, the website says, “America’s environmental agenda will be guided by true specialists in conservation, not those with radical political agendas. We will refocus the EPA on its core mission of ensuring clean air, and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans. It will be a future of conservation, of prosperity, and of great success.”

Trump is also promising dramatic regulatory reform in an effort that “will include a temporary moratorium on all new regulation, canceling overarching executive orders and a thorough review to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and bloat government.”

The website also promises to work to reform the tax code and to pursue a “reliable and efficient transportation network.”