MYRON EBELL TESTIMONY ON NAT'L PARK SERVICE BARRICADES
The House Natural Resources Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a joint oversight hearing on Wednesday, October 16th entitled “As Difficult As Possible: The National Park Service’s Implementation of the Government Shutdown.” Among the issues to be examined at the hearing include the Obama Administration’s arbitrary and unnecessary actions to erect metal barricades around certain national parks, monuments and memorials in order to make the government shutdown as painful as possible.
SUPREME COURT TO HEAR GLOBAL WARMING CASES
The Supreme Court announced today it would review EPA’s massive set of greenhouse gas regulations for stationary sources. The Court granted six petitions for certiorari, which had been filed by a wide range of trade associations, public interest groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, states, individual companies and legislators. CEI is a co-petitioner in one of these cases, Southeastern Legal Foundation et al. v. EPA, as are FreedomWorks and the Science and Environmental Policy Project.
The Supreme Court’s decision means it will re-examine a June 2012 D.C. Circuit Court decision that upheld what is known as EPA's "endangerment" finding—the process by which it determines which substances are a danger to public health and thus subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.
REGULATION DURING SHUTDOWN - RYAN YOUNG
Despite the reduced workforce, the shutdown began with a bang on the regulatory front. During the shutdown’s first week, the Federal Register, the government’s daily journal where all new rules are published, contained 113 new regulations, more than any other week so far this year.
In fact, the first two days of the shutdown were among the year’s busiest. But since then… crickets. Only 6 new regulations appeared during the shutdown’s first full week.
So what will happen going forward? The two Gingrich-Clinton shutdowns of 1995 and 1996 offer a possible guide. If the current shutdown follows its 1990s predecessors, regulations will stay at a slow trickle for the duration of the shutdown, followed by a deluge when the government resumes full operations.