There is no such thing as rogue agencies or significant agency policy changes that don’t have Obama’s direct or implicit approval. The executive branch works for the President. The buck stop with him. Whether you approve or disapprove of the decision federal agencies make, the ultimate blame or credit rest squarely with the President.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 8, 2011 9:30 am|
|By: Phoenix Woman Thursday September 8, 2011 8:00 pm|
Hey, Al Gore! Come on down to the White House fence where the Tar Sands protesters were arrested and dare Obama to arrest you!
|By: masaccio Saturday September 3, 2011 6:00 pm|
Decrease cancer, increase spending by cash-rich corporations? What’s not to like?
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 3, 2011 10:00 am|
Consider what we have here. A bunch of enviro groups were ready to sue over ozone standards. The Obama Administration came in and said “don’t worry, we agree with you, we have the authority, we’ll impose the higher standards you want.” Then they waited for two years, and finally, they punted. It’s a total sellout and a de-fanging of the enviro groups who wanted to go to court to get the rules changed.
As a result, the 2008 rules promulgated by the Bush Administration won’t be implemented either; the EPA already directed states not to comply with them. So most states are operating under the objectively worse 1997 standards. And that is expected to continue. So the Obama Administration is allowing, for his entire first term, ozone standards that are worse than George Bush’s.