President Trump signed two executive orders on April 10, 2019 in Crosby, Texas, outside of Houston: EO 13868, titled “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Energy Growth”, and EO 13867 on permits for cross-border facilities. These orders focus on energy, but have provisions that extend into many areas of law and policy. We’ve analyzed some of the key elements of these orders and their implications in four posts:
- Electricity Law Initiative Director Ari Peskoe looks at natural gas constraints into New England and fossil fuel export limitations on the west coast and wonders why the Administration has ordered studies on these regional energy bottlenecks in EO 13868, Sec. 7.
- Staff Attorney Hana Vizcarra analyzes EO 13868 Section 5 on the use of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in energy sector investment and discusses whether it is more bluster than substance.
- Climate, Clean Air, & Energy Fellow Caitlin McCoy discusses how EO 13867 changes cross-border permitting and the new presidential permit for Keystone XL.
- HLS student Ari Sillman describes Trump’s efforts in Section 3 of EO 13868 to restrict state authority in the water quality certification process and provides background on current EPA regulations and guidance for this process.