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Trump Tries to Follow the Rules to Win on Deregulation

June 13, 2019, 12:54 PM

Phase 1 of President Donald Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda lasted two largely unsuccessful years. One by one, his climate proposals were crushed by legal challengers who convinced judges that the administration failed to abide by established policy making procedures.

Illustration: Thomas Colligan for Bloomberg Businessweek


Trump has so far attempted to deregulate by cutting corners: postponing compliance dates on Obama-era norms or suspending rules “pending reconsideration.”

A new wave of finalized deregulatory measures is set to roll out beginning later this month, including guidelines for vehicle emissions standards, clean water policies, and raised caps for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. This time around, the ...

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