It couldn’t be more obvious: Barack Obama is trying to push through as many last minute items on his agenda as possible.
It seems like a waste of time because in many instances, Obama is using executive orders to get his own way, and Donald Trump can likely overturn these orders as soon as he is sworn in.
In the meantime, however, these actions have consequences — in this case, $6 billion worth of energy policy changes:
“These five measures alone could impose $5.1 billion in costs and more than 350,000 paperwork burden hours,” AAF wrote. “In addition, three other rules in proposed form could add $898 million in burdens and 146,000 paperwork hours, for a cumulative total of nearly $6 billion in potential midnight costs and nearly 500,000 burden hours from the two agencies.”
These rules fall under the auspices of the EPA and the Department of the Interior, and are meant to regulate “methane production on public lands, renewable fuel standards, stream protection, offshore oil and gas leasing and renewable development on federal lands.”
Bear in mind that Obama is still officially president until January 20, which leaves him plenty of time to sign off on similar stifling and expensive measures.
Donald Trump’s feelings about the EPA are clear: He wants to get rid of unnecessary regulations that stifle the economy while preserving clean air and water.
This change in policy will help rejuvenate the American economy, but until then, billions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted, in typical Democratic fashion.
Source: Right Wing News