On Environment, White House Quick to Undo Bush Policies

Staff unearths years of shelved proposals
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 30, 2009 9:35 AM CDT
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her office at EPA headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.    (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – More than a dozen environmental initiatives that stagnated under former President Bush are moving forward under Obama, the Washington Post reports. In most of those cases, the decisions were based on reports drafted over several years that, in the face of opposition, were placed on the back burner to await new bosses. “It is kind of how government works, at its best,” said an environmental advocate.

But others are less charmed. “There's an obliviousness to the costs of these regulations. We're more comfortable with having people high up in government taking a fairly tough line on new rules,” said a manufacturing spokesman. Among the changes taking place are a proposal for a US greenhouse gas registry, a lawsuit against a coal plant over a Clean Air Act violation, and a review of whether states should be able to set rules on vehicle emissions.