BUSH EXPANDS DEREGULATION BEFORE LEAVING OFFICE
According to today’s Washington Post, the Bush Administration is rapidly changing rules which effectively deregulate the environment and businesses.
The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.
Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.
Once such rules take effect, they typically can be undone only through a laborious new regulatory proceeding, including lengthy periods of public comment, drafting and mandated reanalysis.
In some cases, Bush’s regulations reflect new interpretations of language in federal laws. In other cases, such as several new counterterrorism initiatives, they reflect new executive branch decisions in areas where Congress — now out of session and focused on the elections — left the president considerable discretion.
According to the Post, the “doors at the New Executive Office Building have been whirling” with special interests seeking changes to the rules before Bush leaves office.
As a citizen, I’m more than a bit upset by this flurry of deregulation. I’m downright pissed.
Isn’t it deregulation that got us into the current financial crisis? Now, by executive order we Americans, without any say on our part, are going to be stuck with more deregulation. Deregulation that will dirty our drinking water, foul our air, make chemical plants less safe, and decrease our national security.
Enough already! This has got to stop.