Trump’s new order gets rid of all the targets arbitrarily set by his predecessor. Instead, it directs all federal agencies to follow the laws related to energy use enacted by Congress “in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment. In implementing this policy, each agency shall prioritize actions that reduce waste, cut costs, enhance the resilience of Federal infrastructure and operations, and enable more effective accomplishment of its mission.”
Besides dismantling another part of Obama’s climate agenda, Trump is also showing a welcome restraint in exercising executive power and an equally welcome deference to Congress, which used to make laws. Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress should be pleased.