Op-Ed Writer Obama Targets EPA, Interior; Business Applauds

"Barack Obama ordered a broad review of environmental, health and safety regulations today to try to pre-empt Republican charges that he is leading an anti-business administration.

In an executive order, the US president instructed government agencies to ensure all regulations are cost-effective, science-based and transparent, as well as promoting economic growth, innovation and job creation.

The move was seen on both sides of the political divide as an attempt to counter accusations from the main business lobby, the Chamber of Commerce, that Obama has unleashed a "regulatory tsunami" on business, and to head off a campaign by conservative Tea Party Republicans to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to act on climate change."

Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian January 18, 2011.


"Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System" (Wall St. Journal)

"Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review - Executive Order" (White House)

"Obama on Overregulation: Less than Meets the Eye" (Heritage Foundation)

"Clearing Out the Regulatory Smog" (Mother Jones)

"Obama Orders All Fed Agencies To Review Regulations" (Washington Post)

"EPA Plans to Revisit a Touchy Topic -- the Value of Saved Lives" (Greenwire)

"Obama's Bogus Explanation For Troubles: Too Much Regulation" (Huffington Post)

"Obama Issues Executive Order To Cut Red Tape" (Greenwire)

"Obama’s Example of Crazy Regulation Missed the Mark" (Grist)

"In His Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Obama Moves to the Right on  Regulation" (Grist)

"Obama's Regulatory Review Gets Mixed Response" (Huffington Post)

"Republicans Favor Obama's Plan To Review Regulations" (USA TODAY)

Source: Guardian, 01/19/2011