Quickly, Before We Leave….

Dec 12, 2008 6:04pm

Every administration, on its way out the door, leaves with a flurry of actions that it couldn’t do before, or wouldn’t do because of the likely backlash.  Remember Bill Clinton’s pardon of the financier Marc Rich?  Jimmy Carter’s White House famously got busy with new rules before handing off to Ronald Reagan. Depending on your point of view, a "midnight regulation" is not necessarily dastardly, just not something the incoming administration might like.  Emma Schwartz wrote a piece for us back in October on what the Bush Administration might have in mind; take a look HERE. Yesterday the Interior Department came forth on the Endangered Species Act.  "Interior Publishes Final Narrow Changes to Regulations," it said in its release.  "Bush Administration Undermines Endangered Species Protections," replied the Endangered Species Coalition. (The AP’s version of what happened is HERE; Dina Cappiello writes that the new rules are meant to "reduce the input of federal scientists and to block the law from being used to fight global warming.") There will presumably be more between now and Jan. 20.  Couldn’t help noticing this bulletin late today; the Sierra Club did: BC-APNewsAlert
   WASHINGTON (AP) — EPA exempts farms from reporting hazardous gas releases from manure in last-minute rulemaking. Here’s to a good weekend.

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