Regulating unto the end

Since the election the Obama Administration has been pumping out regulations as fast as it can.

CFACT senior policy advisor Paul Driessen just had the lead opinion article in the The Washington Times detailing Obama regulators’ last minute moves to designate the little known “Rusty Patch Bumblebee” as “endangered.”

Driessen explains that a Green group used the “sue and settle” tactic with the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“In 2015, the parties conveniently settled the case, with little or no public or affected party notice or input. That allowed the Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a ’90-day finding’ and investigate the species’ status, determine whether a ‘threatened’ or ‘endangered’ designation was warranted, and issue the 12-month finding.”

“Just as troublesome, the 12-month finding suddenly and inexplicably shifted the rationale for the bumblebee’s endangered designation. The original Xerces petition and other documents claimed the bee’s decline was due to lost habitat and a Nosema bombi parasitic fungal infection that spread to the rusty patched bumble bee from commercially raised bumble bees imported from Europe.”

“Then, out of the blue, the Fish and Wildlife Service 12-month finding was revised to suggest that most of the blame should be attributed to pesticides, specifically to neonicotinoids — the advanced technology, reduced-risk pesticides that farmers love and environmentalists have been trying to ban for nearly a decade.”

“It makes the rusty patch bumblebee sue-settle-designate-and-regulate action look suspiciously like a heading-out-the-door favor to Obama’s hard core green supporters.”

Even at this late moment the Obama Administration continues to circumvent Congress and the people and is unilaterally handing out gifts to the Greens.

Obama’s thicket of regulations will not be easy to cut through.

Let’s hope the new Administration comes armed with a regulatory machete and the resolve to use it.

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David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.