The Gang That Couldn’t (de)Regulate Straight

President Trump frequently boasts about “eliminating more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.” This is supposedly a good thing for the American people, even thought most regulations are actually “protections,” protecting workers and consumers from health and safety hazards, exploitation, bad food — and being ripped off by their employers. And…

NY Times Story on Regulatory Policy Again Forgets Workers, Communities

The New York Times, in another rather questionable Front Page article, The Trump Effect: Business, Anticipating Less Regulation, Loosens Purse Strings, today discusses the rapture felt by American business resulting from  Trump’s anti-regulatory policies. According to Times reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley, because of Trump’s “regulatory pullback,” A wave of optimism has swept over American…

NY Times Misses the Point on “Regulatory Fatigue”

Buried in paragraph 6 of an article on Page 11 of today’s New York Times — right next to an article on new corporate loopholes provided by the Republican Tax Deform bill —  are statistics noting that about 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne diseases each year, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “Of…

Fall Regulatory Agenda Released: Not Much New For OSHA

Yesterday was that bi-annual event that all red-blooded Americans celebrate: the release of the new federal Regulatory Agenda; in this case the Fall 2017 version. President Trump took the occasion to participate in a photo op: cutting a ribbon of red tape in front of a humongous stack of paper representing the Code of Federal…

EPA, Climate Change and Regulatory Certainty

A federal appeals court has blocked EPA’s delay of its methane pollution rule. The court says that the reasoning EPA used, that interested parties didn’t have an opportunity to comment, was “unreasonable,” “arbitrary” and “capricious.”  As the New York Times explains, “Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.” So,…