A few hours after Donald Trump’s stunning election win, the news headlines were dominated by the dramatic turn of events.
“It was like a tsunami,” said the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, “a Trump-like earthquake that rattled through the country like a tidal wave.”
In fact, the event has been described as the most important political event of the year.
And it certainly was.
Since Trump was inaugurated as president, his administration has had an unprecedentedly powerful and unpopular president who has sought to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and roll back the regulatory power of the Obama administration.
It was this president who in his first week in office, he announced his intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan and his administration issued a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency that would require states to cut emissions from power plants by 50 percent over the next five years.
Trump also issued an executive order that, as expected, was blocked by the courts.
The order was widely interpreted as a directive that would have prevented the states from implementing any climate change policies that would significantly reduce emissions from their energy sectors.
This is an administration that is trying to roll back and dismantle the Obama legacy.
The first major policy change in the Trump era has been the dismantling of the Clean Water Rule.
The rule requires states to protect rivers and streams from pollution, such as sewage, but it is also required to provide adequate protections for streams and rivers from pollutants.
In a statement, the EPA said it “regrets the decision to withdraw from the rule” and was “working to clarify the situation.”
Trump’s executive order, however, would have allowed states to repeal their own regulations in an effort to comply with the law, according to the EPA.
The Trump administration also attempted to rollback a number of Obama-era regulations, including a rule that requires oil and gas companies to notify the public about methane leaks from drilling wells and a rule requiring states to reduce methane emissions from drilling operations.
As the New York Times noted, the Trump administration “is taking a much more aggressive stance against the Clean Air Act and is taking actions that could make it harder for states to regulate pollution and reduce methane pollution.”
In addition, the president also announced that he was moving forward with a number the Republican-led Congress was attempting to enact a new, more sweeping climate regulation, the Paris Climate Agreement.
“I’m going to get it done and I’m going after the CO2 emissions that we’re burning and I’ll bring it up for a vote on the House floor in November,” Trump said at a news conference.
Trump has said he will withdraw from both the Paris Accord and the Clean Energy Finance Act, which are federal tax credits to help states and cities develop and build renewable energy projects.
The White House also announced this week that it will be “making substantial investments in our nation’s infrastructure,” according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget.
“We’re going to do things that make America great again,” Trump told the Washington Examiner.
“And I’ll tell you, when I talk about infrastructure, I’m talking about the people that are going to be working on our country, not just in my administration, but in your administration, and in your state, and I want to be doing things to rebuild the infrastructure.”
It was during this week’s events that the president announced a series of actions that he had vowed to reverse.
Trump promised that he would “bring back our coal jobs,” and that his administration would immediately rescind regulations that are “putting the American people at a disadvantage” in order to help the coal industry.
He also said he would end the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that he called a “disaster” that he will “never sign.”
Trump also announced his intentions to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, which he called “very bad” and “unfair” during a news briefing.
“This agreement, which is a treaty that was signed in Paris, is an example of what I’m against,” Trump explained.
“The Paris agreement is an attack on our sovereignty.
We can’t go into the World Trade Organization with China.
We cannot get rid of the Paris agreement.
It’s an attack upon the sovereignty of our country.
And we can’t do this with a trade agreement.
We have to get out of this agreement.
And I’m doing that right now.”
Trump, however to the dismay of environmentalists and others, has been unwilling to take any action to actually fulfill these promises.
“He’s said he’s going to keep the coal jobs in the United State,” said Michael Brune, an economist at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“But he’s also pledged to cut carbon pollution in the coal sector and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It remains to be seen whether or not those pledges can be kept.”
But for many Democrats, the election was the beginning of the end for the 2016 presidential