Is President Obama Changing His View on Environmental Regulation?

Is there a change in philosophy in the Obama Administration?  Many industry groups have complained for years (prior to this administration) about over regulation. Recently, some groups have complained about the EPA’s “power grab” with regulation of greenhouse gases. 

For years, white and blue collar workers have decried about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.  Some of the loss has been blamed on a regulatory climate that makes it very difficult for the United States to compete with other countries.

While no one wants to see a “dirty environment,” “unsafe work practices,” or our food supply put at risk, there has to be some common sense and practicality in our laws and regulations.

In what has been called a surprising January 18th Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, President Obama announced a new Executive Order,  Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. “Over the past two years, the goal of my administration has been to strike the right balance. And today, I am signing an executive order that makes clear that this is the operating principle of our government. This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. It’s a review that will help bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislators of both parties and the influence of special interests in Washington over decades.”

Commenting on the new executive order,  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Policy, Aric Newhouse said, “Manufacturers appreciate President Obama‘s call for a government-wide review of regulations and rules. Manufacturers have been saying for some time that overregulation is harming job creation and stifling economic growth.” Mr. Newhouse went on to say, “For example, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposals, from regulating greenhouse gases to the Boiler MACT rule, are a real threat to America’s job creators. We stand ready to assist in the President’s efforts to address an escalating problem and meaningfully reduce unnecessary burdens on manufacturers in America so they can get back to creating jobs.” 

Here is a link to the WSJ article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703396604576088272112103698.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

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