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President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump is preparing to issue executive orders aimed at Obama's climate and water policies


President Donald Trump may soon issue executive orders aimed at changing some of the Obama administration's climate and water policies, The Washington Post reports. 

Officials briefed on the situation told The Washington Post that the announcement could come as early as this week. 

Trump is preparing to issue executive orders aimed at Obama's climate and water policies

One of the aforementioned executive orders will reportedly be aimed at reducing the country's dependency on other nations for energy. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management will likely have to lift the Obama administration's moratorium on new leases for coal mined on federal lands. 

The Washington Post reports that the second will ask the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the "Waters of the United States" rule which determines whether bodies of water across the nation can be regulated under the 1972 Clean  Water Act. 

Trump has previously criticized these rules, saying the federal government is overreaching and negatively impacting economic growth by preventing development in certain areas. 

Fossil fuel groups and conservatives who pushed back against Obama's work to combat climate change will likely applaud Trump's upcoming executive orders. 

Environmentalists, however, will likely offer push back. 

The Sierra Club told The Hill, "It would mean he is declaring open season on our air, water and climate while further destabilizing our role in the world."


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