Portman Conspiracy Theory Neglects Fact That Obama Administration Has Consistently Dragged Feet on Regulations

By: Friday August 17, 2012 12:55 pm

Spurned VP candidate Rob Portman has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal today arguing that the Obama Administration has delayed regulations from taking effect until after the 2012 elections, when the hellfire will come down and the jackbooted thugs at the EPA will force us to stop using our smart phones and eat [...]

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 [...]

Review of White House Ozone Decision Shows Clout of Bill Daley

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 6:50 am

John Broder looks back today at the Obama Administration’s decision to delay ozone standards. As has been reported several times before, he finds the meddling hands of Cass Sunstein and Chief of Staff Bill Daley. At least Sunstein, the head of OIRA, has some tenuous connection to regulations, if not science and the environment. But [...]

Bill Daley Relieved of the Chief of Staff Part of the Chief of Staff Job

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 6:16 am

This is a new one. Chief of Staff Bill Daley is giving up day-to-day operations at the White House, with Pete Rouse taking over. I’m not sure there’s anything else to the job other than day-to-day operations; that’s kind of what a Chief of Staff does. On Monday, Mr. Daley turned over day-to-day management of [...]

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Ozone Rules

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 9:35 am

Last month, the Administration delayed an EPA rule on ozone standards, part of a capitulation on regulatory rollbacks demanded by the business community in conjunction with Republicans. For years, the Administration told environmental groups not to sue to force new standards, because they were working on them. The environmental groups held their fire, suspended an [...]

Boxer Wants Clean Air Groups to Sue White House Over Ozone Rules

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:35 am

The Obama Administration environmental agenda has underwhlemed progressive supporters over the past week, to say the least. The rollback of ozone regulations will keep the country on a 1997 standard, worse than what the Bush Administration proposed in the waning days of his second term, and will lead to more asthma cases, more public health [...]

Environmental Rules That Force Capital Upgrades Are Stimulative

By: Monday September 5, 2011 9:52 am

The New York Times hosts a “debate” on job creation versus environmental regulation. In a way, this is the entire problem. There shouldn’t be a debate on these matters. The truth is that we have empirical evidence stretching over several decades that clean air laws and anti-pollution rules have benefits that far outweigh the costs. [...]

Capitulation on Ozone Much Worse When You Learn the Context

By: Friday September 2, 2011 1:13 pm

I think this delay of ozone regulations is an even bigger deal if you consider the context. Brad Plumer has that story. Basically, what happened is that the Bush Administration dragged its feet on new national ozone standards for years. Under the law, there must be a five-year review. EPA’s review of the science in [...]

BREAKING: Regulations Have Nothing to Do With Job Creation

By: Friday September 2, 2011 10:51 am

In the wake of the President’s delay of an update to federal ozone regulations, something his own EPA Administrator has described as “legally indefensible” in the recent past, I wonder if the Administration talked to any actual business owners and not trade groups for multinational corporations like the Chamber of Commerce before committing to this. [...]

Obama Delays Ozone Rule, Giving in to Regulatory Rollback Demanded By GOP

By: Friday September 2, 2011 9:30 am

The Obama Administration has decided to delay new ozone standards which the EPA had already written, claiming that “the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” outweighs clean air. In a statement, the President writes that “I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time,” [...]

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