The rule change will have little practical effect, since nearly all commercially made showerheads comply with a 2013 rule — the pet peeve of the former president notwithstanding.
Smaller timber sales, including some old-growth trees, will still be offered for local communities and cultural uses such as totem poles, canoes and tribal artisan use, the Forest Service said.
The resolution was approved under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn certain regulations that have been in place for just a short time.
Tommy Beaudreau is politically close to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a former chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee who holds great sway over oil drilling, endangered species and other department issues
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she was flabbergasted that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland did not address the court ruling in her prepared remarks to a Senate committee.
Three Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rob Portman of Ohio — joined 49 Democrats to approve the measure.
President Biden drew commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Deb Haaland called the orders by her predecessors “inconsistent with the department’s commitment to protect public health; conserve land, water, and wildlife; and elevate science.”
Tommy Beaudreau, who spent part of his childhood in Alaska, was the first director of the newly formed Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management during the Obama administration.
Biden said last week he wants to put pipefitters and miners to work capping the wells “at the same price that they would charge to dig those wells.’'
President Biden has vowed to double offshore wind production by 2030 as part of his effort to slow climate change.
The American Petroleum Institute’s shift in policy comes after President Biden suspended leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
President Biden is now expected to name Tommy Beaudreau, a former Interior Department chief of staff who grew up in Alaska and is politically close to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Alaska Rep. Don Young introduced Haaland to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and urged senators to support her confirmation, even though they don’t agree on oil and gas development.
This week’s storms fit a pattern of worsening extremes under climate change and demonstrate anew that local, state and federal officials have failed to do nearly enough to prepare for greater and more dangerous weather.