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White House moves to relax many rules covering private industry
By R. Jeffrey Smith
updated 4:17 a.m. ET, Fri., Oct. 31, 2008
The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.
Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.
the administration has received 194,000 public comments on the rule and protests from 80 members of Congress as well as 160 conservation groups
Jonathan Shradar, an EPA spokesman, said that he could not discuss specifics but added that "we strive to protect human health and the environment." Any rule the agency completes, he said, "is more stringent than the previous one."
Originally posted by red_leader
reply to post by azureskys
OMFG Will he not be happy until he destroysw absolutely everything?? I mean "relax drinking water standards" Geeeez
Five hundred U.S. troops arrived in Paraguay with planes, weapons, and ammunition in July 2005, shortly after the Paraguayan Senate granted U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction. Neighboring countries and human rights organizations are concerned that the massive air base at Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is potential real estate for the U.S. military.
Originally posted by TheFreeBird
Bush has the mindset of a suicidal gunman in a tower on a colledge campus. He knows he can never undo the damage he has done, so rather than try, he wants to go out in what he sees as a blaze of glory. Immaturity at it's best.
Originally posted by robertnesta
god damnit i really hate this man
but i cant say this really is a surprise to me
and this after all the problems with deregulation with the financial cris