The Trump administration keeps using chaos as cover
Yet again, the Trump White House is taking full advantage of the fact that most people find the word “regulation” sleep-inducing, while almost everyone can thrill to the latest bit of presidential or administration craziness. As a result, this administration, a failure in so many areas, remains startlingly successful at imposing its conservative, pro-business agenda on the federal government regulatory structure.
A report published last week by the advocacy group Public Citizen found that, since the country began to shut down in mid-March, the Trump administration has done away with more than 30 government regulations and is in the process of unraveling 20 more. Those regulations have two things in common: First, they’ve almost absolutely nothing to do with the covid-19 pandemic. And, second, they are, in almost all cases, desired by business interests or otherwise sought out by Trump’s most conservative supporters.
So even as the Trump administration struggled to help states acquire emergency protective safety equipment for hospital workers, it did manage to finalize rules that allow truckers to spend more time on the road, despite safety concerns. And even as wildfires — worsened by climate change — burn out of control on the West Coast, Trump is continuing to roll back and weaken environmental regulations such as limits on mercury emissions from coal plants and mileage and emissions standards for cars and trucks. He also wants to restrict the environmental review process for federal infrastructure projects and weaken regulations restricting the flow of water from shower heads and dishwashers to save water ...
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