Watching Government: Regulatory mischief potential

The two American Petroleum Institute officials had discussed concerns they had about possible new restrictions emerging at the US Environmental Protection Agency while Congress was in its August recess. Then the question arose about how this might fit into the Obama administration's second-term strategy to advance new policies by using executive authority. "Certainly on climate we've seen EPA say it's not satisfied with Congress," responded Howard Feldman, API's regulatory and scientific affairs director, during an Aug. 8 luncheon with reporters. "But it has tried to twist the Clean Air Act to serve its needs, which is not the law's purpose." Agencies have proposed new...

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