Biden Administration Reverts to Obama-era Rules on Quantifying Impact of GHG Emissions

The White House Council on Environmental Quality has published a Federal Register Notice rescinding the Trump administration’s June 2019 “Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” As explained by the National Association of Manufacturers, this action reinstates the Obama-era guidance directing federal agencies on how to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“As a result, substantial changes in how federal agencies weigh the impacts of GHG emissions and effects of climate change when issuing project approvals and making other major decisions are on the horizon,” wrote one law firm. 2/24/202