One of the most pleasant results of Donald Trump’s election has been the steady stream of wailing and breathless reporting that he is actually doing, you know, what he said he would do. Trump and fellow Republicans were vociferous in proposing to cut or eliminate the mountains of new regulations that were being promulgated by the Obama administration.
Joe Pizarchik spent more than seven years working on a regulation to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining.
It took Congress 25 hours to kill it.The rule is just one of dozens enacted in the final months of the Obama administration that congressional Republicans have begun erasing under a once-obscure law — much to the dismay of agency staffers who hauled those regulations through the long process to implementation.
Yes, more please!
“It’s devastating, of course,” said Alexandra Teitz, a longtime Democratic Hill aide who joined Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in 2014 as a counselor to the agency’s director and worked on a rule to curb methane waste from oil and gas production.
Reading the article and accounts of bureaucrat reactions, gives one a warm, schadenfreude-y feeling, doesn’t it?
Look, anyone whose private career interfaces with the U.S. regulatory state can give you their own little anecdotes of Federal overreach during the previous Administration. Particularly in the health and energy sectors, emboldened bureaucrats, encouraged by their ideological brethren in appointed leadership, shepherded new regulations that dramatically expanded the scope and scale of regulation to the full extent of what they viewed as their legal authority (nevermind what Congress may have intended).
Now that the Presidency has changed hands, there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the bowels of the Executive Branch, including seminars to help these little tyrants cope. This peaceful transition of power, and the changes it has resulted in, are just so “unfair”! Well, that is if you arrogantly presume to speak for the people:
“My biggest disappointment is a majority in Congress ignored the will of the people,” said Pizarchik, who directed the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement from 2009 through January. “They ignored the interests of the people in coal country, they ignored the law and they put corporate money ahead of all that.”
Spare me your tears, bureaucrats. Elections have consequences, and if you can’t deal with many months of your work getting squashed by politicians, I think you chose the wrong industry to be in. Go work in the industry you regulate, maybe it’ll give you some perspective…