Cass Sunstein’s Legacy of Distributing Industry Attacks on Regulation Inside the White House

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 1:54 pm

Just to show what a bullet we may potentially dodge with Cass Sunstein out of government, consider this postscript to his career: The outgoing White House regulations chief circulated industry attacks on proposed smog standards among high-level advisers to President Obama, emails released to The Hill through a FOIA request show. Cass Sunstein, the regulatory [...]

Regulatory Walkback Affecting GM Crop Bans, Worker Safety

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:43 am

Last week, the US Department of Agriculture reversed itself and allowed for the planting of genetically modified alfalfa without restrictions. As Tom Philpott highlights, this appears to have been a political decision. USDA chief Tom Vilsack was apparently ready to halt the planting of GM alfalfa until the White House meddled. According to the Wall [...]

NAM Provides Issa with List of Regulations They Want Nixed

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 11:43 am

Last week the news broke that Darrell Issa sent letters to corporations and trade groups asking them what regulations they would like to see curtailed. Much like Spencer Bachus’ now-famous statement that the role of Congress is to “serve the banks,” Issa saw his role as serving corporate America. And now, Brian Beutler reports, corporate [...]

9-11 Health Bill the Only Worker Safety Measure Passed in Lame Duck Session

By: Monday December 27, 2010 11:08 am

Everyone’s patting either themselves or Jon Stewart on the back for the passage of a 9-11 health care and victim’s compensation fund late in the lame duck session. And looking at the particulars, the bill is worth supporting. Despite a few scattered claims about the distributive justice aspects of the bill, it basically says that [...]

Government Tells BP to Complete Relief Well

By: Friday August 13, 2010 11:47 am

Like a lazy adolescent with senioritis, BP had been intimating that they might not need to finish up drilling the relief well that would permanently stop the Macondo well in the Gulf, arguing that the heavy drilling mud, cement and other containment strategies are holding. Admiral Thad Allen gave that idea the big no-go today. [...]

Obama: “All Americans deserve to work in a place that is safe”

By: Monday April 12, 2010 8:00 am

I don’t remember the President’s predecessor making a statement with this kind of moral force about worker safety. This was released Saturday night, after the four missing miners in Montcoal, WV, were found dead: It is with a heavy heart that we learn the news that the last four missing miners did not survive the [...]

“16 Deaths Per Day” Video Urges Passage Of OSHA Reform

By: Tuesday November 10, 2009 7:40 am

Every day in America, 16 people die at work from employer negligence. That’s the backdrop to 16 Deaths Per Day, a new video and website from the advocacy group Brave New Films, seeking to highlight the often-neglected issue of worker safety. The video makes the point that employers who provide an unsafe work environment are [...]

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