Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EPA's Action Doesn't Match Its Rhetoric

By Jeff Stier

The Obama Administration would like to have us believe that his agencies have struck a reasonable approach to using its regulatory powers. In his Executive Order on regulatory reform last year, the president proclaimed (in part), "Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. It must be based on the best available science." (Executive Order 13563, January 18, 2011.)

The president's recently departed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, insisted the government was taking steps to implement the Executive Order by taking action against harmful over-regulation. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal he claimed, "We are taking immediate steps to save individuals, businesses, and state and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars every year in regulatory burdens."

Unfortunately, the administration's actual record doesn't match the lofty rhetoric. Instead, agencies push unnecessary rules and pressure industry in ways that are destructive to innovation and job creation, are wasteful, and are demonstrably not guided by the best available science....To Continue Reading.....


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