Midnight Watch Project

The U.S. White House at night, with a clock face overlaid.

The outgoing Trump administration took numerous midnight actions on environmental, climate and energy issues between the election and Inauguration Day. Use the tabs at left to explore by issue area. As of the morning of January 20, 2021, the State Impact Center counted 24 environmental, energy, and climate rules finalized during the midnight period where state attorneys general have been active. Beyond the scope of our tracking, ProPublica identified additional rollbacks of environmental regulations, as well as a number of rules in other subject matter areas. The Biden administration has identified numerous midnight rules, among other regulations, that it seeks to review.