TRUMP’S PROJECT 2025 | A Dream for Polluters and Nightmare for America

Project 2025 is a frightening encapsulation of Donald Trump’s plans for a second term.

Project 2025 was literally written by the oil and gas industry.

Project 2025 is an extreme effort by Trump and his allies to reverse President Biden’s historic climate actions, eliminate the clean energy plan, and gut the government’s ability to protect our air, water, lands, and climate.



Project 2025 was written by Big Oil-backed advocacy groups, think tanks, and climate deniers to pad Big Oil’s profits at the expense of everyone else. 

Project 2025 is a $22 million effort led by the Heritage Foundation, in coordination with over 100 right-wing organizations, that is preparing policies, personnel lists, and transition plans to recommend to any Republican who may win the 2024 election (i.e. Donald Trump). The goal of the project, according to the New York Times, is focused on “planning a sweeping expansion of presidential power over the machinery of government if voters return him to the White House in 2025, reshaping the structure of the executive branch to concentrate far greater authority directly in [Trump’s] hands…Mr. Trump and his associates have a broader goal: to alter the balance of power by increasing the president’s authority over every part of the federal government that now operates, by either law or tradition, with any measure of independence from political interference by the White House.” 

The project’s architects, which include both climate and election deniers, hope to hasten “the overturning, via executive order, of what [they] believe are wrong policies of the current administration.” As Politico reported: “If enacted, it could decimate the federal government’s climate work, stymie the transition to clean energy and shift agencies toward nurturing the fossil fuel industry rather than regulating it. It’s designed to be implemented on the first day of a Republican presidency.” Under the plan, a second Trump term would “start by rejecting any work on climate science prepared during the Biden administration.” “The approach is to go back to all-out fossil fuel production and sit on the EPA,” said Steve Milloy, a former Trump transition team adviser.

The individuals charged with the relevant chapters of the Project 2025 plan are former Trump administration officials with close ties to the fossil fuel industry. William Perry Pendley, the lead for the DOI chapter of the plan, is a climate denier who called climate change “junk science” and said those who believe in it are “kooks.” Mandy Gunasekara wrote the EPA chapter of the plan. She is a climate denier who recently called climate change “mild and manageable,” and her CO2 Coalition profile describes her as “the chief architect of the Paris Accord withdrawal and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan” while she was President Trump’s principal deputy assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Bernard McNamee, a former FERC commissioner and Energy Department official under Trump, wrote the DOE chapter of the plan. His work for the Texas Attorney General included Texas’ challenge to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.