Trump rushes environmental regulations that could handcuff Biden

The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalise major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden’s climate and conservation agenda.

The 11th-hour regulatory race underscores the extent to which federal agencies are anticipating Biden’s swearing-in as US President on January 20 even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election. It also reveals a widespread effort by Trump officials to leave their imprint on federal policy and -- at least temporarily -- tie the hands of their successors.