Rush to regulate: Obama steps on the gas with costly rules

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December 2, 2016

The Obama administration is introducing a last-minute barrage of costly environmental regulation pronouncements that Republicans have vowed to repeal as soon as possible after Donald Trump’s January 20 presidential inauguration.

The recent outpouring adds to the administration’s dubious record of producing more than 600 major regulations — those estimated to cost more than $100 million each — during its tenure, according to a study by the American Action Forum, a Washington-based think tank.

Case in point: an announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the administration’s most energetic rule-makers, on Wednesday that after lengthy study, it would push ahead with tougher greenhouse gas emission standards, equivalent to 54.1 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, for passenger cars and light trucks for the years 2022-2025.

EPA says the standards will prevent emission of some 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases over the vehicles’ life span. Technically speaking, EPA’s administrator has until April 18, 2017, to make a so-called “final determination” about the rules — but is doing it sooner, the agency says, for reasons of “long-term regulatory certainty and stability.”

Translation: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is certain to be out of the job by then, and the ruling will likely hit a brick wall in a much more climate-skeptical Trump administration.

23 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Anouk says:

    The 20th of January won’t come soon enough. Until that day nothing will be predictable with the Muslim we have in the WH.
    His hate for America became a vengeful goal for him to hit the pedal faster and faster.

  • wellilltellya says:

    somehow is it not in DIRECT CONFLICT of HIS OATH OF OFFICE? the part about defending AMERICANS? how is he doing that when the “REFUGEES” are straight up KILLERS,THUGS and RAPISTS? best part is his doing NOT A THING to either STOP IT OR PROTECT AMERICANS ! barry is bringing MORE OF THEM HERE ? with full knowledge of these terrorists INTENT ? is he one of them? cause from here sure looks like he IS UN AMERICAN as anyone can be

  • snowyriver says:

    Anything Obama wants is BAD for America.

  • Karll says:

    54 mpg for cars and light trucks.
    They’d have to be made of aluminum foil.

  • ABO says:

    Obama is as usual acting like the spoiled brat that he is, who didn’t get his way.

  • justinwachin says:

    As stated before, global warming is a hoax designed to steal your money and your freedom. So far it appears Democrat politicians are the only casualties of climate change.

    Mr. Trump should announce that the first job of his appointees will be to rescind the regulations enacted by their predecessors since Labor Day. Their next job should be to review all their regulations and repeal all that are not essential to the core mission of the agency.

    In the closing days of the Obama administration we are seeing what we would have face for the next four years if we had elected Hillary Clinton.

    1. Karll says:

      The EPA should be downsized, at the least.

  • Tiger says:

    Like the woman scorned and thrown over for the mistress who takes and cleans out the husbands bank account and charges up his cards to max O is scorned and doing all he can to break the back of America.

  • Gregg Jensen says:

    Barack OhurryupandgettheHelloutyouJVjackass.

  • Eliminate the EPA! I don’t know how many employees it has but, I am certain it is way too many! At any rate, We the People are well aware of our responsibility in using water minimally and such. We are also aware that the EPA uses it’s power in a most extremely over reaching fashion! In other words, GET GID OF THEM! I am sure that another branch of Government would be glad to take salary cuts, and let the EPA people transfer there!!!!

    1. Karll says:

      It started out with good intentions, but like all federal depts and
      agencies, “mission creep” over decades has turned it into a
      monster.

      1. gvette says:

        One of the things the Muslim did was give them the power to regulate, without going through congress. That’s why we can’t build new refinerys. The pipe line the indians are so pissed off about isn’t needed. Build the refinery where the oil is. Common sense denotes that. Something the left doesn’t have. With Trump, we may just get that! Barry hates oil, unless it’s powering air force one!

    2. MariansMusings says:

      Our constitution reserves to the states all rights not delegated to the Federal Government. The EPA is at odds with our Texas, which has a fully-functioning Texas Environmental Quality Agency, which regulates everything things the EPA thinks they should be in charge of. Drilling for oil and gas was transferred back to the Texas Railroad Commission. I’m sure the EPA duplicate the same efforts in most if not all states. You are right; the EPA should be shut down. MusingsbyMarian do tc om

      1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

        The Feds want SO MUCH power they are causing States to re-think about either over-throwing Washington, or seseeding
        to become another Confederacy

    3. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      Thanks to the EPA, they want to increase the Alcohol content from 10 to 25 percent to destroy more engines that were NOT designed to run on it. I speak as a mechanic with 25 years experience, but those dumb
      idiots in Washington only want to subsidize the corn farmers.

  • Climax says:

    This is Obama’s last thrust to try and create as much destruction as possible as revenge for losing the election and carry on his socialist agenda of distruction of the USA. Trump should issue a stop and cease order on his first day of office to stop and cancel every Executive Order issued by Obama during his last six months of office, then set up a committee to look at the rest of them to determine if they help or hurt the US economy or citizens, to be logically eliminated. Obama has absolutely no conscious and will destroy America if allowed to continue these actions.

    1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      If you really want to increase O’Bummers’ frustration, just ignore his future pronouncements because after January they will all be null and void under Trump.

  • cunning says:

    Thousands of Obama’s illegal cockroaches swarming over the border, 600 pieces of regulations, Obama’s attempt to destroy America is never ending.

    1. Tiger says:

      Just heard from people in the know last night on Hannity that O is taking from Medicare, cancer research, mental health money, all government programs to give to them and he is breaking the bank. OK let him they can leave the way they came and we have over 800 Long Term Detention Centers around America they can stay in before we deport them. Illegal will mean something again.

      1. Karll says:

        The dems have always been more than willing to turn
        the US into a third world **** hole JUST so they can get
        votes and stay in power.

        1. Tiger says:

          Amen and the one woman said the border is wide open, there are so many they can’t feed or sustain them and letting anyone go who says they have family.

          It is insanity and like Trump said the first duty of a president is the safety of the people O has broken his Oath long ago and should be punished and sued by the families who lost children or family to illegals and to terrorists. Sue the Sanctuary cities make them responsible we are just about over the edge financially.

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