US energy policy in the Trump Administration

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Donald J. Trump’s victory in the November election is the catalyst for dramatic changes in policy direction in Washington. The president signaled by virtue of his quick succession of Executive Orders and cabinet and personnel choices that his administration will pursue energy and environmental priorities that differ significantly from those of the Obama Administration. Confirming his intentions to seek new directions on energy, environmental and climate policies, the White House released An America First Energy Plan shortly after he assumed office on 20 January 2017.

While those policies are likely to evolve in the implementation process, with Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate, albeit narrowly, the prospects for shifts in the federal regulatory structure and direction are captivating the attention of all energy business sectors.

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