As Feds Drag Their Feet on New Regulations, Environmentalists Fume

Worries about the economic impacts of new regulations, high-level vacancies and election-year politics have raised the review time for new rules being considered by the Obama administration to a 20-year high. Many in his own party are not pleased.
June 13, 2013, 6am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"The White House has blocked several Department of Energy regulations that would require appliances, lighting and buildings to use less energy and create less global-warming pollution, as part of a broader slowdown of new antipollution rules issued by the Obama administration," reports John M. Broder. "Regulatory review times at the White House Office of Management and Budget are now the longest in 20 years, having spiked sharply since 2011."

"With some Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates criticizing the delays, President Obama's nominee to direct the regulatory affairs offices said at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that his first priority would be to speed the agency’s review process."

"While Republicans continue to criticize the administration for what they call regulatory overkill, environmental advocates and some Democrats outside the administration argue that Mr. Obama has not made good on his recent promises and has failed to show enough urgency about climate change."

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Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in The New York Times
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