Don’t look now, but the national news media finally appears to be catching onto the fact that, amid all the chaos within the Trump White House and the media’s own hyper-focus on the Russia Collusion narrative, the Trump Administration is actually producing a sea-change in energy and environmental policy. While I and other contributors here at Forbes.com have been chronicling this massive shift in federal public policy throughout the year, the rank and file reporters at national media outlets appear to have finally awakened to this phenomenon late last week.
David Graham at The Atlantic started things off on August 2 with a piece titled “Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears.” The piece broadly chronicles the achievements of the Trump Administration’s first 200 days in an array of policy areas, one of which is energy and the environment:
The most prominent move was Trump’s June 1 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. But the EPA is moving on other fronts as well. It’s working to dismantle Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a signature policy aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. In June, following a February executive order from Trump, the EPA began the process of rescinding the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which aimed at protecting smaller bodies of water and streams in the same way that larger ones had been. In December, in the closing weeks of his administration, Obama banned drilling in the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic Ocean; the Trump administration promptly set about undoing that ban.