November 16, 2020 - A Biden presidency will change the direction of U.S. policy energy and environmental policy. If Republicans remain in control of the Senate, most policymaking will occur via executive order and agency action. Among the most prominent proposals that the new Biden Administration will advance are the following:
President Biden can be expected to issue Executive Orders and take other early executive action aimed at reversing policies of the Trump Administration. These include actions addressing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Keystone XL Pipeline, climate change, and administration of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Immediate executive action will likely also include increased regulation of the environmental impacts of fracking and revisiting the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rulemaking.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a matter of increasing bipartisan concern and could be one of the few environmental issues addressed in the 117th Congress.