CEI Today: New OMB report on regulations, Obama's EPA nominee, and a court ruling on mining
OBAMA REGULATORY COSTS - WAYNE CREWS
OMB just released the new 2013 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations, and the burdens are increasing.
Observe the high cost estimates for each year; the Obama administration’s acknowledged new regulatory costs nearly doubled from $10.1 billion in 2012 to $19.5 billion annually in 2013.
OBAMA EPA NOMINEE - BRIAN McNICOLL
EPA has refused to produce emails that would shed any light on Gina McCarthy’s thinking on coal, climate science, air and radiation policy — her designated area — or a carbon tax, all likely to come before her as administrator if she’s confirmed. The strategy is clear — hide all McCarthy’s communications until she clears this hurdle.
Sen. Barbara Boxer is blocking for President Obama's EPA nominee now because she realizes if McCarthy can gain this one first down and achieve confirmation, she can run out the clock on reasonable opposition to her policies. Only the Senate stands in the way. >Read more
COURT RULING ON EPA REGULATION
William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sees a possible silver lining to today’s ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to retroactively revoke a Clean Water Act permit that had been issued to the Mingo Logan Coal Company for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia. While Yeatman disagrees with the ruling, he welcomes the scrutiny of the science behind EPA’s veto that will likely result from today’s decision.