Biden Executive Order Opens Door to Rollback Or Reversal of Anti-Shareholder Rules

President Biden has moved quickly on his promise to make science-based climate change policy a core initiative of his administration. That includes an Executive Order that looks like it is designed to form the basis for reversal of two controversial Labor Department rules pushed through at the end of the Trump administration limiting the rights of pension fiduciaries to make ESG-based investment decisions and vote proxies.

Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis — an excerpt:

Immediate Review of Agency Actions Taken Between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021.  (a)  The heads of all agencies shall immediately review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions (agency actions) promulgated, issued, or adopted between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021, that are or may be inconsistent with, or present obstacles to, the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.  For any such actions identified by the agencies, the heads of agencies shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, consider suspending, revising, or rescinding the agency actions.  In addition, for the agency actions in the 4 categories set forth in subsections (i) through (iv) of this section, the head of the relevant agency, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, shall consider publishing for notice and comment a proposed rule suspending, revising, or rescinding the agency action within the time frame specified. 

See also: Another Executive Order on climate change

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