“Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration removed the page on climate change from the White House website and published a new page, An America First Energy Plan… This plan says Trump will roll back two key elements of Obama’s environmental policy: the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule, which expanded the freshwater areas protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers… It outlines plans to exploit untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves on federal land and revive the US coal industry. It also says Trump will ‘refocus the EPA on its essential mission on protecting our air and water’, suggesting it will abandon regulating greenhouse gas emissions… Other decisions in Trump’s first days in office have also dismayed observers. He has reinstated a federal ban on US funding for international health organizations that counsel women on abortion. And he selected Ajit Pai as chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission. Pai opposed net neutrality regulations that were passed in 2015 to ensure an open internet and prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling access to content. Meanwhile, there were rumors that the EPA this week has frozen all of its grants and that the US Department of Agriculture has banned its scientists from talking openly about their work.”
“New Scientist”, UPFRONT page, p. 6, 28 January, 2017