Federal guidance updating how climate impacts should be assessed during environmental reviews for permitting energy infrastructure is drawing criticism from the oil and natural gas industry. 

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) earlier this month released updated Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change. The interim guidance, which is under public review through March, would be used to help federal agencies better assess and disclose climate impacts during environmental reviews. 

Directed by President Biden’s Executive Order 13990, the guidance would advance a commitment to “restore science in federal decision making, fight climate change and build resilient infrastructure,” according to CEQ. 

CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory...