Trump to sign environment, energy bills
US President Donald Trump will this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment.
On Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order which enables the president to designate federal areas of land and water as national monuments to protect them from drilling, mining and development.
A summary of the order say past administrations put more federal areas under protection than necessary.
Then on Friday, he will allow reviews into areas available for offshore oil and gas exploration, as well as rules governing offshore drilling.
The summary also says previous administrations have been “overly restrictive” of offshore drilling.
The new measures would build on a number of energy- and environment-related executive orders signed by Trump seeking to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by predecessor Barack Obama.
In addition to the energy-related orders, Trump is also expected this week to sign an order to create an office of accountability in the Veterans Affairs department.
He is also expected to create a rural America interagency task force to recommend policies to address issues facing agricultural states.