Launch of Climate Deregulation Tracker

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Jessica Wentz

President Donald Trump has stated that he intends to undo most or all of the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change. Today, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is launching a new tool to identify and explain the efforts taken by the incoming administration to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The Climate Deregulation Tracker will also monitor congressional efforts to repeal statutory provisions, regulations, and guidance pertaining to climate change, and to otherwise undermine climate action.

The tracker will be linked to our database of U.S. climate change regulations, which catalogs existing regulations, guidance documents, and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address the causes and impacts of climate change. That database will be updated with information about each of the deregulatory actions. We are also partnering with students in the Columbia University Climate & Society program to assess the environmental, economic, and public health impacts of those actions, in their own right and as compared to the Obama administration’s policies. Both the Climate Deregulation Tracker and the database of climate change regulations also link through to our US Climate Change Litigation chart, providing a dynamic and comprehensive picture of the state of climate law in the United States.

In addition, we are in the process of updating the existing regulation database with links to archived versions of proposed and final regulations, technical support documents, regulatory impact analyses, agency guidance, and other relevant resources. The goal of archiving these resources is to ensure that they remain available to the public even if the Trump administration removes them from federal websites.

If you have questions about or inputs for the Climate Deregulation Tracker or the regulation database, please contact Executive Director Michael Burger ( or Staff Attorney Jessica Wentz (


  1. Thank you for this amazing new tool. It will an invaluable resource for advocacy groups like ours (Cross the Aisle for Climate—we’re new & just started up).

  2. Please consider a Twitter account or some other mechanism to alert folks about updates to this extremely important tool.

  3. This is an excellent project. I will recommend it on my own web site,, which is under reconstruction. Regards.

  4. Thank you for doing this!

  5. Thanks John! We do have a general twitter handle (@columbiaclimate) and are exploring options for the creation of a listserv or other tool dedicated to providing tracker updates to the public.

  6. This a fantastic resource. Thank you for doing this. I also would love to see this as part of a listserv or formal twitter account to keep up with updates.

  7. Is there a mechanism for submitting to the Tracker?

    Specifically, I didn’t see HR 637 listed ( ) and wanted to flag it for consideration for the tracker.

  8. Chloe: Yes, as noted on the site you can submit entries to Jessica Wentz,

    You can find an entry about HR 637 on the “all updates” section of the tracker ( The entry is titled “House Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Agencies From Regulating Greenhouse Gases Under Existing Laws”.

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